Fisheries Act 1996

Part 2 Purpose and principles

8 Purpose


The purpose of this Act is to provide for the utilisation of fisheries resources while ensuring sustainability.


In this Act,—

ensuring sustainability means—


maintaining the potential of fisheries resources to meet the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations; and


avoiding, remedying, or mitigating any adverse effects of fishing on the aquatic environment

utilisation means conserving, using, enhancing, and developing fisheries resources to enable people to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well-being.