Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

New Zealand no leader in protecting seabirds

19 December 2001

New Zealand no leader in protecting seabirds - Fitzsimons

Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said she shared the alarm of Conservation Minister Sandra Lee at news that 300 seabirds had recently been killed in one commercial fishing expedition in New Zealand waters.

Three hundred and four seabirds - mostly the protected white-chinned petrel - were killed when a New Zealand vessel went on a commercial long-line fishing expedition for ling.

Ms Fitzsimons said the devastating impact of poor fishing techniques on seabirds was an issue recently highlighted by the environmental work of the Late Sir Peter Blake:

"I've spent such a lot of time on the ocean and I guess I've told the story many times, but to be sailing around the world in our first round-the-world races when our boats used to be surrounded in the Southern Ocean by many, many large albatross, I mean... it was extraordinary. Dozens of them, and they'd be there for day after day. Now, in the same parts of the world you're lucky to see one of these - say, a wandering albatross - one a week, they're nearly all gone... mainly through poor fishing techniques... and you say, 'Well, I don't think the attitude is correct that my children and their children are only going to be able to see what a wandering albatross looks like in a book.'" (Sir Peter Blake, July 2001)

Ms Fitzsimons said the numbers of some seabirds had plummeted in the last 60 years. In the last five years 90,000 albatrosses, 15,000 giant petrels and nearly 275,000 white-chinned petrels have been killed by long line fishing in the Southern Ocean, and some species of albatross could be extinct in the next 10 years.

Nearly two thirds of all the world's seabirds breed in our region, mostly on New Zealand's offshore islands.

"There are many techniques available to reduce sea bird deaths, though none on their own are perfect. However if the available methods were being used with due care - such as a range of deterrents, fishing in darkness and ensuring the baits sink - there would not be 300 seabird deaths on one fishing trip," she said.

"There also needs to be more observers on fishing boats so we know whether these deterrents are being used."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote. We also acknowledge the men who supported the cause and voted for the Bill to pass.

“Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has a female Prime Minister, we have women in cabinet. And I’m here as Acting Minister because the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter is on maternity leave. New Zealand is a good place to be a woman!” More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader... More>>

ALSO:

Commissioner To Be Appointed: Govt To Dismiss Board Of Whitireia And WelTec

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More>>

ALSO:

Open Government Action Plan: Government To Proactively Release Cabinet Papers

The Cabinet papers will be released no later than 30 business days after a Cabinet decision. This process will be in place for Cabinet papers lodged from 1 January 2019... More>>

ALSO:

NZ Initiative: Evidence Of "Huge" Government Waste

It is not so much that spending is being literally wasted. Rather the best performing countries are achieving much better outcomes relative to their spending. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ardern Pep Talk

The intolerance being shown as the coalition process unfolds in New Zealand betrays our depressing appetite for a tidily totalitarian style of government where everyone is expected to march in lockstep. More>>

ALSO:

Last Two: All Charter Schools To Join State System

The decisions on Tūranga Tangata Rite in Gisborne and Waatea School in Auckland mean that all 12 charter schools that applied to become designated character or state integrated schools have now been approved. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels