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At Bankside Chambers on 22 November 2016 Sir Ian Barker presented to the Minister for Primary Industries Hon. Nathan Guy the Report of a Strategy Group, set up by the Minister to make recommendations for the management and development of the Snapper One fishing area which extends from North Cape to East Cape. The Report can be viewed on the website of the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The Strategy Group was established in November 2013 following the Minister’s determination affecting catch limits and catch sizes which attracted much public interest. The Strategy Group comprised three representatives from fishing, commercial, recreational and customary interests. The Ministry provided support services and scientific information to assist the Group.

Sir Ian was appointed by the Minister as the Independent Chair of the Strategy Group. The report was the result of much discussion amongst the various sectional interests, all of which were dedicated to achieving a good outcome and enhancing the quality of the fishery which is a hugely valuable resource for all New Zealanders.