Ensuring excellent stewardship of our marine resources.
To drive sustainable resource management and economic development of our marine sector, with our partners, for the benefit of the people of the Cook Islands.
The objective of the Ministry is to ensure the sustainable development of the living and non-living marine resources for the benefit of the people of the Cook Islands.
By "resources" we mean species of edible, cultural or potential value that inhabit or use our waters.
By "sustainable development" we mean that generations to come should be able to enjoy and subsist on the marine environment just as we do today, with all its animals, plants and structures.
The marine environment contains many of the nation’s major exploitable natural resources. Currently marine resources are exploited through aquaculture (black pearls), offshore fishing (tuna and other pelagic species), and coastal reef fisheries (trochus, aquarium fish, reef fish etc).
Offshore Fisheries Development: Expanded income earning opportunities from sustainably managed offshore fisheries through capacity building, and infrastructure and market development
Pearl Industry Rejuvenation: Profitable and sustainable pearl industry through improved productivity and environmental management.
Inshore Fisheries and Aquaculture Development: Improving income generating opportunities for the private sector particularly in the Outer Islands, through increased provision of technical and scientific assistance.
Food security and subsistence fisheries: Ensuring sustainable fishing and conservation practices resulting in long term food security and traditional subsistence practices.
Marine conservation, biodiversity and eco-tourism: Support the protection and conservation of our natural marine biodiversity, it’s affiliated customary practices and knowledge and potential commercialisation such as marine eco-tourism.
Management of non-living marine resources: Support the wise exploitation of our non-living marine resources.