The draft Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan for 2016/17 contains the research proposals that will be subject to cost recovery from the commercial fishing industry.

Update June 2016: View the approved CSP annual plan 2016/17

Consultation closed: 27 April 2016

DOC sought submission on the draft Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2016/17 (PDF, 739K)


New Zealand is a maritime nation with the fourth largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the world. Our waters are the home of many protected species: over forty cetaceans (whales and dolphins), nine pinnipeds (seals, etc), and more than eighty seabirds have been recorded, as well as a diverse range of corals, protected fish and reptiles. These waters also provide for important commercial, recreational and customary fishing resources.

Marine protected species may be threatened by commercial fishing. Direct impacts include being caught, injured or killed in nets or on hooks. Benthic species may also be impacted by bottom trawlers and other fishing methods operating on or near the seabed. Indirect impacts such as habitat modification, food competition and behaviour modification of protected species may also occur. These impacts may compromise the viability or recovery of protected species populations.

The Conservation Services Programme, administered by Department of Conservation, is legislated to undertake research to understand and address these impacts and to recover the costs of these “conservation services” from the commercial fishing sector.

The draft Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2016/17 describes those services proposed to be delivered as conservation services during the 2016/17 financial year.

For a summary of the legal basis of levied work described in this Annual Plan, refer to the Conservation Services Programme Strategic Statement.

Download the draft plan

Draft Conservation Services Programme Annual Plan 2016/17 (PDF, 738K)

Submissions received 

The following submissions were received: 

View a summary of submissions (PDF, 132K) including the DOC response to key points raised by submitters.


Conservation Services Programme
Department of Conservation
PO Box 10-420
Wellington 6143


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