Through high-quality research, we will be better equipped to balance the demands on our marine environment
OUR CURRENT RESEARCH
Despite fishing being recognised as one of the most popular recreational activities in New Zealand, we’ve never stopped to add up exactly how much it is worth to the country.
For recreational fishing to be valued by our leaders, the decision makers and our communities, we need to know what it is worth to the economy.
The New Zealand Marine Research Foundation (NZMRF) are stepping up to the challenge. We have contracted the international experts on valuing recreational fishing to research and publish a report describing the value of recreational fishing to the New Zealand economy.
We want to empower our Government Ministers to make more informed decisions that will increase the value we get from our marine resources. This research is the tool we need to convince our leaders that there is much more value in rebuilding our fisheries for future generations.
We need to quantify, in real terms, what successful recreational fishing is worth to retailers, suppliers, boat builders, manufacturers, media, charter operators, hospitality, accommodation, transport and tourism.
This research will give us:
- Valid estimates of expenditure, jobs, tax revenues, income and other contributions to the national economy due to recreational fishing
- A measure of the economic impacts per kilo of fish harvested by recreational fishers.
We can’t tell you what the results will be (which is why we need to research it in the first place!), but similar projects overseas have led to:
- Enhanced fisheries management
- More profitable use of marine resources, for the benefit of the country
- Marine protected areas for conservation and non-commercial use
- Greater public and government recognition of recreational fishing importance
- Policies to enhance and rebuild fisheries for future generations.
WHY ARE WE FUNDING THIS?
This research gives us the evidence we need to advocate for recreational fishers. Overseas, similar research has led to many positive outcomes for recreational fishing interests, and their national economies.
Recreational fishing is now recognised as a legitimate, valuable industry in Alaska, Florida, Costa Rica, Panama Mexico and Australia. It’s time New Zealanders understood and acknowledged the value recreational fishing brings to our great nation.
The independence of this research is incredibly valuable. We want recreational fishers to own the research so it is ours to use when and where it is needed.
There are several organisations involved in something this big, here’s who’s involved so far:
NEW ZEALAND MARINE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Marine Research Foundation funds research on aquatic plants and animals, and on improving the understanding of the interactions between people and marine ecosystems. We’ve commissioned Southwick Associates to gather and analyse the information needed to estimate the economic impact of recreational fishing industry in New Zealand. As a registered charitable organisation, all donations to Marine Research Foundation are tax deductible.
LegaSea are helping with fundraising for the research. They’ve partnered with the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation to make the public appeal, talk to local businesses, and write all those grant applications!
“We know people who fish – we ARE people who fish. So we’ve taken up the mantle to make this happen.”
THE NEW ZEALAND SPORT FISHING COUNCIL
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council and its affiliated clubs (59 clubs with 32,000 members) have contributed to the Marine Research Foundation since its establishment in 1996 – currently $1 per annum per member. It is this vision that allows for important and relevant research to take place today.
Southwick is an international resource valuation company with over 25 years’ experience. This includes producing the Recreational Fisheries Economic Impacts Assessment Manual for the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization for developing countries. Two New Zealand-based research companies will help coordinate surveys and source complementary information from MPI and Statistics NZ, giving the project valuable local input.
BLUE WATER MARINE RESEARCH
Blue Water Marine Research provides fisheries management advice and marine research solutions to government, research institutes, charitable trusts, national and regional fisheries organisations.
Moana Consultants have 14 years experience in providing advocacy, liaison and a range of communications services to fisheries and environmental organisations.
The total budget for this project is $400,000. It breaks down as:
$250,000: The research project
$40,000: Scoping and feasibility
$50,000: Fundraising administration
$60,000: Results publicity and promotion
These costs will be funded through a number of sources including:
There are businesses out there that are totally or partially reliant on the existence of a thriving recreational fishing sector.
Putting a value on their industry could mean great things for their businesses. We’ve gone to these people and asked them to pitch in already through a separate campaign.
GRANTS AND FUNDING APPLICATIONS
There are many grant options that we’re applying for and chasing down. We’re also open to funding from other sources.
That’s you! This research will make a difference to how recreational fishing is viewed in future management decisions for years to come. We’re not asking for a bigger bag limit or to end commercial fishing, we just want more fish in the water.
We’re trying something different to achieve this – a research project of this size has never been funded by the public before. We know you think it’s important, so we’d love it if you’d contribute too.
WHEN WILL THE RESEARCH BE COMPLETE?
The peer-reviewed paper will be completed and given to the Government in mid 2016, however a lot of work is needed before we get to that point. Some of it’s been done already, and some is still to go.
Stage 1 (April to May 2015) - Complete agreed work plan, present for review by the Marine Amateur Fisheries Advisory Group (Ministry for Primary Industries), and develop questionnaire
Stage 2 (June to August 2015) – Profile data, refine methodology. Review other data, pre-test questionnaire, review, finalise survey panels
Stage 3 (August to November 2015) – Charter boat survey for spend by international tourists. Develop spending profiles and estimates, apply economic models by region and nationally
Stage 4 (November 2015 to January 2016) – Report results in technical format with approved summary for public outreach. 8 weeks
Stage 5 (Mid 2016) – Produce high quality paper and submit to peer reviewed journal
The Marine Research Foundation funds research on aquatic plants and animals, and on improving the understanding of the interactions between people and marine ecosystems. They’ve commissioned Southwick Associates to gather and analyse the information needed to estimate the economic impact of recreational fishing industry in New Zealand. As a registered charitable organisation, all donations to Marine Research Foundation are tax deductible.
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