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Need For Foreign Vessels Regulation

30th January 2008

Dolphin Deaths Reinforces Need For Foreign Vessels Regulation

New Zealand First fisheries spokesperson Pita Paraone says the death of 22 common dolphins could have been prevented if foreign fishing boats were regulated in New Zealand waters.

“This tragic situation highlights the inadequacies of current Government fisheries policy to protect New Zealand resources,” said Mr Paraone.

“We support the concerns expressed by the New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen who said ‘the killings were an indictment of the poor standards adopted by foreign charter vessels’.

“While we accept that some people have the right to fish in our waters, we would expect them to abide by our rules and be held accountable. And that includes responsible fishing that safeguards other species.

“New Zealand First will continue to fight for tougher controls over foreign fishing fleets. This includes raising their health and safety standards to match ours and introducing tougher penalties for those who continue to flout New Zealand laws.

“Only when a tougher stance is adopted will foreign fishers be deterred from abusing our marine environment. When will the Government put the needs of hardworking Kiwi fishers ahead of foreign fishers?” said Mr Paraone.


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