The Offshore Fisheries Division provides technical and policy support to its industry stakeholders, whilst implementing sustainable management measures as set out in offshore fisheries management plans.
Technical and policy advice is provided to Government to assist in the formulation of national policies, aimed at ensuring maximum economic benefits are accrued to the Cook Islands from its fisheries resources.
The division establishes and manages systems such as vessel monitoring system (VMS), port sampling and observers, catch reporting, and database management, that ensure compliance with any and all management
measures and maintain sustainability of the key fish stocks.
This covers all Cook Islands flagged fishing vessels fishing in the domestic waters of the Cook Islands and on the High Seas.
The Division also assists in ensuring that the Cook Islands meets its obligations both regionally and internationally with proactive participation to ensure Cook Islands interest realised.