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

 


NZ First Opposes Commercial Marlin Fishing


Richard Prosser MP

Spokesperson for Fisheries
25 May 2013

NZ First Opposes Commercial Marlin Fishing

New Zealand First says it will vigorously oppose any attempts to reclassify the game fish marlin under the Quota Management System.

Outdoor Recreation and Fisheries spokesperson Richard Prosser says allowing the commercial harvesting of marlin in the name of avoiding waste through unintentional by-catch is a specious argument and such a policy would threaten the future of the magnificent gamefish.

“Swordfish were permitted as by-catch in 1987 when marlin were reserved for recreational fishers, and have since become a major target for surface longliners.

“Big game fishing is a $100 million industry for New Zealand and it is essential that marlin are preserved for the sake of our recreational fishers and tourism industry.

"Billfish stocks worldwide are declining, and the New Zealand game fishery is too valuable both economically and ecologically for us to allow it to be reclassified.

"New Zealand First is absolutely committed to retaining marlin as a purely recreational fish,” says Mr Prosser.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Flyover Over: NZTA Not Appealing Flyover Decision

The NZ Transport Agency has decided not to appeal the High Court’s Basin Bridge decision, and says the High Court’s findings provide valuable clarity to help guide the development of future infrastructure projects throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

Developing Crown Land: Government, Auckland Iwi Reach Agreement

The government has reached agreement with Ngati Whatua and other Auckland iwi over developing 500 hectares of excess land in Auckland for private housing which had been under High Court challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson seems to have been granted an annual licence to embarrass the National Party, and its that time of year again. Also as per usual, Williamson’s recent exercise in sexism and homophobia has passed by with barely a murmur from his leader. More>>

ALSO:

Green Climate Plan: Shaw Launches 40% Emission Cut Target

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has announced an emissions target initiative for 40% reduction by 2030. He said agriculture has to long been used as a reason for inaction, a roadblock to action... He proposed a tax of 8 cents per kilo of milk. More>>

ALSO:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news