Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Overfished West Coast hoki fishery collapses


Wednesday, September 26: The collapse of the West Coast hoki fishery revealed today by the fishing industry demonstrates why we need an independent inquiry into New Zealand’s failing fisheries management system, says Greenpeace.

Fishing companies today revealed that they were struggling to catch fish in the West Coast hoki fishery. As a result, they have agreed to temporarily give up 22% of their existing quota, and will stop fishing in spawning grounds.

Greenpeace Executive Director, Dr Russel Norman, says "rampant overfishing" in New Zealand’s most valuable fishery could only have helped drive the collapse.

"History tells us that left to their own devices, the fishing industry will overfish and collapse fisheries - just look at what happened with orange roughy," he says.

In May this year, Greenpeace released secret internal Ministry of Primary Industry reports that showed that the fishing industry was systematically taking far more fish from the hoki fishery than they were publicly disclosing. The fishing industry denied the evidence and pointed to the supposed health of the hoki fishery as evidence of their good management.

"The leaked MPI reports showed that fishing companies working in the hoki fishery were systematically dumping smaller fish, targeting spawning grounds, under-reporting the weight of cartons of fish, under-reporting the weight of whole fish caught for processing into fillets, mislabelling cartons of hoki as other kinds of fish, and much more. We’re talking about rampant overfishing," Norman says.



"If MPI had enforced the law back in 2012 and prosecuted these companies, the hoki fishery might not have collapsed. Instead, MPI has been captured by the industry, leading to this devastating result.

"The industry is blaming rising sea temperatures for the lack of fish. While that may well be a factor, it will have been made much worse by systematic overfishing.

"We urgently need an independent inquiry into the fisheries management system, and we need the Government to have the courage to confront the industry.

"This is also a significant black mark for the Marine Stewardship Council. Nine days ago they recertified the hoki fishery as ‘sustainable’ - and today we find out it has collapsed."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM Announces Royal Commission Into Christchurch Attacks

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that there will be a Royal Commission of Inquiry into security agencies following the Christchurch terrorist attacks... The inquiry will look at what could or should have been done to prevent the attack, Ms Ardern said. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ridding The Net Of White Supremacist Propaganda

Although it won’t be a walk in the park, gun law reform will be an easier job than neutralising the Internet hate content that (a) recruited the Christchurch shooter, and (b) confirmed him in his beliefs. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK
For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch
 

PM's Post-Cab 25/3/19: Royal Commission On Mosque Attacks

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began by announcing cabinet's decision that the inquiry into the events leading up to the 15 March attacks at mosques in Christchurch would be a Royal Commission... Ms Ardern also announced a long-expect trip to China. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels