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

 


Govt must step up monitoring of Antarctic’s Southern Ocean

26 February 2013

Govt must step up monitoring of Antarctic’s Southern Ocean

The Government should step up its efforts to monitor illegal fishing in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean rather than pull them back, Green Party fishing spokesperson Steffan Browning said today.

Mr Browning was responding to news that the Government may not be able to monitor illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean because its ships are not up to the task. New Zealand is a member of The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, “As a CCAMLR Member, New Zealand has a responsibility to carry out surveillance against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the CCAMLR Area, and to monitor licensed vessels’ compliance with CCAMLR Conservation Measures.”

“We have an international obligation to monitor illegal fishing and compliance with the CCAMLR’s conservation measures,” said Mr Browning.

“We should be increasing our monitoring, not scaling it back. There is no justification for doing less to protect fish stocks at this critical point in time.

“Illegal fishing is a serious problem in the Southern Ocean so monitoring is of the utmost importance.

“The Government is in favour of greater protection for the Southern Ocean with its proposal for the establishment of a Ross Sea region marine protected area, yet it may not be sending navy boats to ensure the existing protections are effective.

“Mr McCully himself has said the detection of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing vessels in the Southern Ocean was of grave concern to New Zealand.

“Minister McCully must follow through by ensuring New Zealand navy boats are able to perform this very important function,” said Mr Browning.

Reference:
NZ’s CCAMLR obligations: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Foreign-Relations/Antarctica/2-Antarctic-Treaty-System/1-Conservation-of-Resources.php#permits

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Last Sitting Day Of Parliament: Slave Ships Bill To Pass

The House resumed at 9am and MPs agreed to add the third reading of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill to this morning’s business.

The bill requires all foreign owned fishing vessels to fly under a New Zealand flag from May 2016 and obey all New Zealand laws. This includes labour laws...

Last night Opposition MPs accused the Maori Party of blocking the passage of this bill into law in this Parliament, no members of the Maori Party were in the House to answer the accusations though they denied this in a press release. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Novopayout: Government-Owned Company To Take Over School Payroll

After lengthy negotiations, the Ministry of Education and the existing school payroll provider, Talent2, have settled both on the amounts payable by Talent2 towards the costs of remediating the Novopay service and a new operating model for the school payroll system. More>>

ALSO:

Employment: Labour Will Raise Minimum Wage, Restore Work Rights

A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. More>>

ALSO:

Police: Crewe File Review Released

No new evidence has come to light implicating any specific person as being responsible for the murders of Jeannette and Harvey Crewe... The review identifies there is a distinct possibility that Exhibit 350 (the brass .22 cartridge case) may be fabricated evidence, and that if this is the case, that a member of Police would have been responsible. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Plan To Protect Our Maui’s Dolphins

1. Protect Maui’s from being killed in the sanctuary set up to protect them... 2. Extend fishing protections to the entire Maui’s range... 3. Help protect the livelihoods of affected fishers by supporting them to adopt dolphin-safe fishing methods. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Electorate Deals

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling; 2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping; 3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and 4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

ALSO:


Nick Smith v Fish & Game:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news