About Paua Mac’s

The commercial industry is based in the 8 paua Quota Management Areas (QMA) and the commercial stakeholders have established 5 PauaMacs (Paua Management Action Committees) to span these QMA’s.

The role of the PauaMac’s is to engage in regional issues and to develop projects appropriate to each fishery. Industry unity is seen as the key and most PauaMac’s now have between 85% to 95% of local paua quota owners as members.

The PauaMac membership also includes others in the industry such as Annual Catch Entitlement (ACE) holders and divers. Funding of each of the PauaMac’s is via a second tier levy applied via the SeaFood Industry Council (SeaFIC).

Each year the PauaMac’s must go though a rigorous process of preparing work-plans and budgets that require the approval from the majority of the quota owners in each of the regions. SeaFIC scrutinise the process and collect the levies from quota owners (on a monthly basis) and distribute these CSO levies to the PauaMac’s. Once the CSO levy is approved by the majority, all quota owners in the QMA’s must contribute equally (on a per kg basis) which helps ensure nobody free-rides and maximum funds are collected.

Each PauaMac is an incorporated association with an elected executive who oversees the running of the organization. Forums are held at various times of the year which allows all members to have their say and steer the PauaMac projects. The 5 PauaMac’s each own an equal share in the Paua Industry Council Ltd (PICL) which has 2 part-time employees (1 full time equivalent) and a Board of Directors (1 from each PauaMac). The role of PICL is described in the ‘About Us’ section of this web site.