Benefits Quota Owners Receive From PICL Levies

Benefits

There are nine different benefits you receive from your PICL levies:

  1. Marine reserves and marine protected areas. PICL will be leading the charge against the proliferation of marine reserves and other commercial exclusion zones around the coast of NZ. PICL will be at the forefront of driving industry objections, submissions and advocacy on marine reserve and marine protected area issues. PICL will work with other stakeholder organisations to take greater interest in spatial access issues.
  2. Networking. PICL will be networking with similar industry organisations in Australia , South Africa, and the USA which will enable the NZ industry to bring overseas expertise into a number or debates with MFish and DoC.
  3. Cost Recovery, Levies and Charges. PICL will work with other stakeholder organisations to demand better accountability and attribution of fisheries costs from MFish.
  4. Compliance Levies and Compliance strategies. PICL will push MFish to deliver more and better services for the compliance levy dollar.
  5. Customary Fisheries Issues, including Regulation 27. PICL will be actively participating to force changes to MFish policies in relation to Regulation 27 permits. PICL will continue developing good quality alliances with Maori representatives at national and local levels in an attempt to integrate customary rights into an overall plan of management for paua fisheries. The intention is to avoid unnecessary disruption to established commercial fishing routines whilst still enabling legitimate customary harvest. The prospect of proliferation of mataitai areas – which are non-commercial by definition, is an incentive for frequent and productive dialogue with Maori representatives.
  6. Coordinating Research with TAC/TACC and sustainability issues and decisions. PICL will take a leading role in promoting ongoing dialogue between industry, service providers and non commercial fishing sectors to ensure the industry develops and implements timely responses to current issues.
  7. Protecting commercial property rights in a growing aquaculture environment. PICL will assist in the development of standards and specifications that enable paua farmers to obtain brood stock from the wild fishery with no adverse impact on future catches by commercial fishermen. PICL is involved with MFish to ensure that farmed paua are not released into the wild fishery unless there are explicit guarantees and warranties against the introduction of diseases, and that there are no exclusive “ownership” rights granted to enhanced wild fisheries other than where commercial rights holders have agreed to such projects.
  8. Getting value for money from SeaFIC Levies. PICL will ensure that we get the best possible value from the generic services provided by SeaFIC.
  9. There are many other tasks undertaken by PICL on a routine basis – monitoring national, regional and local government agencies and their effects on commercial paua fishing, and also monitoring the work and the issues associated with other commercial stakeholder organisations to ensure that the paua industry is not disadvantaged by any deals done by them.