In-depth Report: Key Lessons from 30 years of New Zealand’s Quota Management System

Nov 30, 2017

FINNZ Director and Independent Fisheries Consultant, Michael Arbuckle has just completed work on an exciting project as a key contributor for a report just released by The Nature Conservancy. The report is titled ‘Learning from New Zealand’s 30 Years of Experience Managing Fisheries under a Quota Management System’. It looks at the lessons that can be learned from the New Zealand fisheries management experience as well as to present a much fuller account of the history and current operation of New Zealand’s Quota Management System (QMS).

Michael Arbuckle lent his deep knowledge of New Zealand’s fisheries and marine environment to the project and has been acknowledged as one of the core contributors providing the foundation for the report.

The objective of the report is to document New Zealand’s experience in managing its fisheries under a Quota Management System over the last 30 years and enable others to access and learn from it.

Read the full report

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The Nature Conservancy – who are they? 

The Nature Conservancy works around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. They have been protecting important natural places for over 65 years and have steadily expanded the scale and scope of their work. One of the  world’s largest conservation organisations and a leader in coastal and marine conservation, The Nature Conservancy brings together people of differing views to find and apply science-based solutions that work locally and globally. 


Who is Michael Arbuckle?

Michael Arbuckle is a highly experienced Natural Resource Management Specialist with over 30 years practical experience as a senior executive in both the public and private sectors.

He has led fisheries reforms and investment programs at the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation across a wide range of countries in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the Pacific.  In New Zealand, he was the General Manager of Fisheries Management within the Ministry of Fisheries for five years and has held chief executive and director positions in several seafood industry organisation.  He holds a M.Sc. (Hons) degree in Natural Resource Management and has a particular interest and expertise in institution economics and the development of policy and organisations to support stakeholder led fisheries management approaches.

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