Parliament

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

 

Bottom trawling 'ban' is cynical PR spin

6 July 2006

Bottom trawling 'ban' is cynical PR spin

News that four large fishing companies, including New Zealand's Sealord, are to voluntarily cease the destructive practice of bottom trawling in parts of the Southern India Ocean has drawn a sceptical response from Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei.

"In theory, it is great news that fishing companies are taking the initiative and imposing voluntary standards on themselves in this area, as any measures to reduce or end the harm causing by bottom trawling in the long term will need industry buy-in if they are to be truly successful," Mrs Turei says.

"However, while it may sound positive at first, it is hard to get excited about this announcement when you consider that the area in question is already severely over-fished. It is not much of a sacrifice to cease fishing of an area with no fish left in it.

"In fact, it is hard to see this initiative as anything more than an attempt to deflect the international community from imposing any real restrictions, like a ban on bottom trawling altogether.

"It is disappointing but not surprising that Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton seems to has bought the fishing companies' spin and welcomed this announcement. He is also an enthusiastic proponent of the voluntary closure of 30 percent of New Zealand waters to bottom trawling announced earlier this year, despite the fact that this is a measure which will fail to protect the highest risk areas and which also applies mainly to already depleted zones.

"If we are ever to see any real action to halt the depletion of fish stocks and irreparable damage to rare coral reefs and underwater eco-systems caused by bottom trawling, we need a Minister who takes long term sustainability of our fisheries seriously, not just short term gains sought by the industry.

"If these companies announced a voluntary ban on bottom trawling in an area where it would actually make a difference, I would be the first to congratulate them. As it is, there is a long way to go yet," Mrs Turei says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election