Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Forest And Birds Welcomes Green's Marine Policy

Forest and Bird today welcomed the Green's environment policy and its commitment to deal with the impacts of the fishing industry and set aside 20 percent of New Zealand's seas in marine reserves.

Forest and Bird Senior Researcher, Barry Weeber, said that action was needed to deal with the deaths of albatross, petrels and marine mammals caught by the fishing industry.

"Forest and Bird welcomes the Green's commitment to "set close to zero by-catch limits for threatened species" and to require environmental assessment of the fishing industry and miners.

"We welcome a party making serious commitments to protect the oceans and their special creatures."

Mr Weeber said the critically endangered North Island Hector's dolphin was still at risk from commercial set nets and that over 10,000 albatross and petrels, 1000 fur seals and 80 sea lions are drowned by the fishing industry.

"Forest and Bird calls on all political parties to match the commitments made by the Green's to substantially reduce protected species deaths in fisheries."

Mr Weeber said New Zealand had yet to complete a national plan of action on seabird deaths in fisheries as agreed in early 1999 by the UNFAO fisheries conference.

"The Ministry of Fisheries needs to get a hurry up in reducing seabird, marine mammal and threatened species deaths in fisheries. Many of these problems have been known about for over 10 years but little action has happened over several governments."

Mr Weeber said Forest and Bird welcomed the Green's commitment to set aside 20 percent of the oceans in marine reserves. "We look forward to other parties making similar commitments and future Government's actually delivering on this."

"It is overdue for the seas to be protected by a network of representative marine reserves.

Ends

Forest and Bird is part of the Vote for the Environment coalition, see www.environmentvote.org.nz


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... 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:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election