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SOUTHERN SEABIRD SOLUTIONS TRUST PHOTO CREDIT: RICHARD WELLS


The Southern Seabird Solutions Trust is an alliance of the seafood industry, New Zealand government, WWF-New Zealand and Te Ohu Kaimoana. Our aim is to foster seabird smart fishing practices amongst commercial and recreational fishers. We do this by building fishers' knowledge of seabirds and the risks fishing can pose, and recognising and rewarding fishers' efforts.  The Trust also cooperates with organisations outside New Zealand that can help protect seabirds when they migrate beyond our EEZ.  Our motto, conservation through cooperation, expresses our desire to encourage fishers using a cooperative and practical approach to seabird conservation. I wish to acknowledge the contribution of our trustees who retired over the past year, Chris Howe of WWF New Zealand (a founding member of the Trust), Bruce Parkes of the Department of Conservation, and Bryan Wilson of the Ministry for Primary Industries.  And on behalf of all the Trustees, I wish to thank our staff - Janice Molloy,  Kirsten Crawford (until May) and Jill Gower (from June) for their hard work and commitment over the past year.  

BILL MANSFIELD CHAIRPERSON


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TRUST OVERVIEW TRUST PATRON HRH PRINCE OF WALES In accepting the role of Trust Patron, HRH Prince of Wales conveyed his belief that the individuals who are out on the water catching fish need to be at the heart of our movement, and need support and encouragement from others around them.  

OUR VISION All fishers in the southern hemisphere avoid the capture of seabirds Our strategic plan 2016-2020 established the above vision and the following five strategic objectives MAINTAINING AND BUILDING THE TRUST'S REPUTATION Consolidate the Trust's position as a key organisation in addressing the risks to seabirds from fishing CULTURE CHANGE Fishers in all NZ Fisheries adopt a culture of care towards seabirds MITIGATION AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER Fishers have access to quality mitigation tools, practices and the knowledge to use and improve them RECOGNISING SUCCESS Fishers and organisations are recognised for adopting and promoting the culture of care towards NZ seabirds, and reducing risk of capture INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION Fisheries outside NZ have access to information and tools to reduce the risk of seabird capture


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THE YEAR IN REVIEW A word from Janice Molloy Trust Convenor 2017 was marked by news the Antipodean albatross is declining rapidly and is likely to become functionally extinct in 20 years. This species has been reported as caught by pelagic longline vessels operating in the high seas to the north and east of New Zealand, in waters adjacent to the Chilean EEZ, as well as in our own EEZ.  The Trust will continue to draw attention to the worrying decline of this bird, encourage all efforts to reduce their capture in our EEZ, and help promote and facilitate dialogue with states whose vessels may encounter these birds in high seas areas. Closer to home, we have investigated a seabird smart fishing transparency scheme to support the efforts of Hauraki Gulf fishers, completed seabird smart training for all skippers in the Gulf,  coordinated seabird colony visits for fishers, undertaken a global review of new and emerging mitigation methods, and singled out leading fishers for our Seabird Smart Awards.  Our recreational fishing education programme has continued at boat shows and through a partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries. More details on these programmes follows.  Also in 2017, the Government commenced a revision of the National Plan of Action - Seabirds.   The priorities and approaches outlined in the new NPOA will inform our strategic and business planning over the coming five years. Finally, on behalf of the Trust, I wish to acknowledge the individuals and organisations we work with, and express our appreciation for the tremendous personal effort individuals make daily to protect New Zealand seabirds from harm.   


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WELCOME

OUR NEW TRUSTEES DAN BOLGER MINISTRY OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES

LIVIA ESTERHAZY WWF NEW ZEALAND

MARTIN KESSICK DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION

who join BILL MANSFIED CHAIRPERSON

DION TUUTA TE OHU KAIMOANA

VOLKER KUNTZSCH SEAFOOD NEW ZEALAND


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OUR PEOPLE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE BARRY BAKER - LATITUDE 42 DEBBIE HANNAN - SEALORD DOUG SAUNDERS-LODER - TALLEY'S GROUP GEORDIE MURMAN / DAVE KELLIAN LEIGH COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN'S ASSOCIATION KIRSTY WOODS - TE OHU KAIMOANA KRIS RAMM - DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION LISA MARTIN, SANFORD LTD MIKE GERNER AUSTRALIAN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY PETER HARDSTAFF - WWF NEW ZEALAND RICHARD WELLS DEEPWATER GROUP & FISHERIES INSHORE NZ SONJA AUSTIN - MINISTRY FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES

PERSONNEL JANICE MOLLOY - TRUST CONVENOR JILL GOWER - TRUST MANAGER CAM SPEEDY - LIAISON OFFICER / TRAINER


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MAINTAINING AND BUILDING THE TRUST'S REPUTATION

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE ONE Seabird Smart Awards The Seabird Smart Awards again provided a useful opportunity to connect with a diverse audience, to recognise outstanding seabird protection work undertaken by individual fishers and to publish that work within the industry and more widely.   In 2017 the Trust’s capacity to deliver the Seabird Smart Awards was boosted by a commitment to the event from the Trust's partners, together with generous support from event sponsors and many other organisations  and individuals who helped us identify nominees and otherwise promote the initiative.    Transparency in the Gulf The Trust's capacity to support commercial fishing companies in the Hauraki Gulf was advanced by funding from G.I.F.T .(Gulf innovation Fund Together).  Project details can be found under Strategic Objective Two - Culture Change, and will be closely followed by a related project with charter fishers.  The charter fisher project will be delivered thanks to support from G.I.F.T, the Hauraki Gulf Forum and in-kind support from the recreational fishing team at MPI.

OUR FOCUS MAINTAINING THE EXISTING SPONSORSHIP BASE ATTRACTING NEW FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIP BUILDING CAPACITY Partners

Research 2018 will kick off on a high note, thanks to a generous grant secured from the Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust.   This funding will support the tracking of fledgling black petrels when they leave their colony on Great Barrier/Aotea.

We are very grateful for the financial security afforded the Trust through new,  multi-year commitments from Trust partners.


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CULTURE CHANGE

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE TWO OUR FOCUS ENGAGE AND INSPIRE FISHERS PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR FISHERS

With support from MPI, the Waikato Regional Council and our passionate volunteers, the Trust had a presence at two of New Zealand's largest boat shows, the Hutchwilco Boat Show in the Waikato, and the Auckland On Water Boat Show. This gave us the opportunity to engage hundreds of anglers in a conversation about seabird smart fishing and to distribute the new guide. Commercial Fishing Our Seabird Smart Fishing Workshops remain one of our flagship projects. Every Hauraki Gulf snapper skipper and many of their crew have now been through our programme.

Recreational Fishing Seabirds don’t distinguish between commercial and recreational hooks, and in some parts of New Zealand intense recreational fishing activity may pose as big an issue for seabirds as commercial fishing. In 2017 the Ministry for Primary Industries, with support from the Trust, produced a guide that describes safe handling and release techniques for both fish and seabirds. We anticipate the 60,000 anglers who have received the guide more fully appreciate that seabirds, like fish, need to be protected for future generations.

The Trust continues to coordinate visits to seabird colonies for fishers. With support from Wildlife Management International Ltd, Petrel Colony Tours, and DOC, the Trust has added several new sites for visits - the Westland petrel colony on the West Coast, and flesh footed shearwater colonies on Ohinau and Lady Alice Islands. Funding from Gulf Innovation Fund Together (G.I.F.T) has allowed the Trust to investigate the establishment of a Seabird Smart fishing transparency programme for snapper fishers in the Gulf.  The programme would provide an independent, credible mechanism to improve transparency about steps being taken by the fishing industry to reduce risks to seabirds. 


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MITIGATION AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE THREE Development Bird bafflers, warp scarers, hook pods and lumo leads. In 2017 the Trust commissioned a stocktake of all the weird and wonderful inventions designed to keep seabirds safe from harm around fishing vessels. The report describes inventions and other measures suited to the types of commercial fishing carried out in New Zealand. The report also assesses the extent to which each measure has been developed and tested, and hurdles that might need to be overcome for the measure to be used more widely. The work was undertaken by Graham Parker of Parker Conservation, and generously funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries, Sealord Group, Deepwater Group and WWF-NZ. The report will be used to understand next steps required to support further development and implementation of mitigation measures. Uptake The Trust encourages uptake of mitigation measures by promoting a seabird smart culture, recognising success and by communicating the research done and efforts of the Trust and all the good individuals and organisations who contribute to seabird conservation.

OURÂ FOCUS SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE DEVELOPMENT OF MITIGATION MEASURES SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE UPTAKE In 2017 we celebrated a milestone, over 200,000 views of our Youtube clip promoting seabird smart fishing practices in deepwater trawl and longline fisheries.


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RECOGNISING SUCCESS

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE FOUR Seabird Smart Awards 2017

OUR FOCUS RECOGNISE AND CELEBRATE SUCCESS

The 2017 award was presented to  Altair Fishing Limited for their efforts to mitigate the risks to seabirds on their five West Coast based vessels.  The Minister of Conservation Hon Maggie Barry presented the award to Mike Smith and Diane Brooks, in front of an international ACAP audience.  A special innovation award was  also awarded, to Gavin Heineman, a trawl fisherman from Carey’s Bay on the East Coast of the South Island.  Gavin has reengineered his fishing deck so that fish discards are released away from the seabird danger zone of his trawl cables.

Seabird Smart Awards 2015 The Seabird Smart Awards, run by the Trust, recognise outstanding leadership and commitment to looking after seabirds by members of the fishing industry.  2017 saw not one but two celebrations of the Seabird Smart Awards.  In 2015 the Seabird Smart Award was awarded jointly to Tom Searle of Leigh Fisheries in Warkworth and Mike Black of Talley's in Bluff.  February 2017 saw the ceremonious handover of the trophy.  The Bluff event was attended by MP Sarah Dowie and Mayor Tim Shadbolt.  


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INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE FIVE Fisheries Officers In 2017 the Trust was once again invited by the Ministry for Primary Industries to brief fisheries officers preparing to inspect long-line fishing vessels to the North of the New Zealand EEZ.  These briefings support fisheries officers to promote seabird conservation with skippers and crew on vessels in international waters.  To assist the messaging promoted by the Trust, fisheries officers were provided with t-shirts for vessel skippers.  These are designed to communicate key mitigation measures in a visual way and were well received when first provided, last year. Relationships and Lobbying Trust Convenor, Janice Molloy represented the Trust at ACAP and regularly connects with international contacts developed over the years with the Trust.  In 2017 the focus was advocacy for the Antipodean Albatross. We were very pleased to learn the Department of Conservation will continue to support population monitoring at their breeding grounds.

OUR FOCUS REGIONALLY SPECIFIC AND TAILORED RESOURCES AND ADVICE


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OUR NUMBERS

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE


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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION


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CONTACT ONLINE www.southernseabirds.com SOCIAL www.facebook.com/seabirdsmart/ www.twitter.com/seabirdsmart/ www.instagram.com/seabirdsmart/ WATCH www.youtube.com/c/southernseabirdsolutio nstrust EMAIL info@southernseabirds.org PHONE 021 386311


SUPPORT Our work would not be possible without generous support from the following organisations PARTNERS Department of Conservation Ministry for Primary Industries Seafood New Zealand Te Ohu Kaimoana WWF New Zealand PRINCIPAL SPONSORS Deepwater Group Fisheries Inshore New Zealand G.I.F.T Gulf Innovation Fund Together Hauraki Gulf Forum Leigh Fisheries Moana New Zealand Pacific Conservation and Development Trust Sanford Ltd Sealord Group Waikato Regional Council SUPPORTERS Auckland Council Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust Encounter Foundation Leigh Commercial Fishermen's Association New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen Solander Southern Inshore Fisheries Whitianga & Coromandel Peninsula Commercial Fishermen's Asscociation

Southern Seabird Solutions Trust Annual Report 2017  
Southern Seabird Solutions Trust Annual Report 2017  
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