Liaising with overseas abalone fisheries

There is so much that can be learnt from other abalone fisheries around the world.

PICL has now established links with many of these. A number of the issues we currently face are the same as those overseas fisheries are facing. In some cases they are ahead of us and in some NZ is ahead of them (for example we are much better placed in regard to Industry organisation and co-operation).

On the other hand in Australia the Government pour a lot of funding into fisheries management where the NZ government tends to be hands off. Much of the research and planning that they have developed could easily be adapted to NZ paua fisheries – some of these ideas where aired at the “Looking Ahead” Paua Industry conference 2005.