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Seafood Industry Cautious On 4th Schedule

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Seafood Industry Council Chairman Dave Sharp said the industry was cautious about the government’s initiative to settle one of the most contentious issues in the seafood industry.

Under the 1992 Maori fisheries Settlement, Maori get 20 percent of all species as they are moved into the quota management system. The Seafood Industry Council has consistently argued that all quota owners, who suffer economic loss as a result of settling the Maori entitlement, must be compensated in full.

“The industry is pleased the government is removing the legislative impediment to ensure the 4th schedule species are moved into the quota management system as soon as practicable but were are concerned about some elements of the compensation deal.”

“We are surprised that Mr Hodgson has unilaterally decided that fishermen should only be paid 50 percent of the market value of their catching right when the Labour fisheries policy clearly stated they would consult before making a decision on this issue.”

“We were hopeful that this government would honour the clear obligation, as stated in their election manifesto, that they consult with permit holder to establish fair compensation.”

For further information Ph Tina Nixon 025 2232789 or Dave Sharp 04 4770666

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