Part 1: Kaipara Fisheries and its Social-Ecosystem

It has been three years since our last ‘blog’ post and you are probably wondering where we have been, what we have been doing.  If you are interested in this, check out the IKHMG Facebook for a quick update.

We are intending to re-start our blog with a more strategic dialogue function on particular topics that may need more critical thinking, strategic and long-term analysis which we don’t tend to do in our Facebook entries or our Kaipara ripples & waves e-newsletter.

A key purpose of IKHMG is to promote and coordinate integrated management and action.  The Kaipara harbour strategic plan provides ideas how implementation of this should be strategically approached, given the social, political, economic and institutional context of the Kaipara.  The plan asks for information and knowledge to be respectably co-produced from both science and mātauranga Māori.  In addition, innovative methods are required to address the large, complex and conflicting issues, values and perspectives and practices, and the plan provides an example, in that innovation seek to incorporate a trans-disciplinary approach to achieving the longterm objective of integrated management and coordinated inter-agency management.

With this in mind it is our intention to continue and extend the work of the IKHMG by promoting discussion that encapsulates the amalgamation of scientific objectivity, mātauranga-hapū ki kaipara, and community founded knowledge.

It should be noted that discussion generated here adheres to an integrated perspective. It can be expected then that any area of discussion will inevitably overlap into others. So, for example, while our first topic of discussion is fisheries, to isolate fisheries from the many other facets of the Kaipara Harbour is regarded by this forum as contradictory to the principle of integrated management.

Critical analysis of Kaipara fisheries

Our first topic of critical thought will be on the corporatisation of fisheries. We bring a four-part analysis of the activity of fisheries and the social-ecosystem in which it operates.

Part 1 will seek to identify the problem(s) facing Kaipara Harbour fisheries. We will initially draw from existing material compiled by the IKHMG and the Fisheries Subkomiti. Secondary sources will include recent international critiques of fisheries management with a particular focus on inshore fisheries. From there it is envisaged discussion will add to a broad oversight into identifying the problem(s) surrounding Kaipara Harbour fisheries, on the understanding that any conclusion is not a final model; the purpose is to encourage and generate ongoing discussion.

In consideration of Part 1, we will explore in Part 2 alternative frameworks for fisheries management, developing a critique of existing management systems. We suggest the writing of an alternative fisheries ecosystem model should suggest at least 3 frameworks:

1) Commoning

2) Social-ecological systems

3) Ecosystem-based management (EBM)

Why would we look at these three models?  Because we are interested in social inequality and power/control dynamics within common property regimes like Fisheries management, and the implications of such struggles for social justice and ‘good’ management of resources. This section will examine what is meant by these terms and the implications thereof, drawing from recent global case studies of inshore fisheries.

Part 3 asks if the Kaipara Harbour is an isolated case. To this end we approach our west coast cousins; Kawhia, Hokianga, Aotea, Whaingaroa (Raglan) and Manukau, with the possibility of extending the discussion beyond the west coast of the North Island, to include, for example, Tauranga Moana.

Part 4 looks at implementing an equitable, sustainable, and just framework for an integrated fisheries ecosystem-based management regime. What would this look like; what would be the purpose and goals of such a regime; what are the roles and responsibilities; what practices will be adopted for what outcomes; what moral and ethical principles will guide this regime?

Feedback, comments:

We encourage you to become involved in this forum and ask to add your views, comments, and/or questions in the “comments” section below.


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