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


Fisheries Ministry seizes Japanese hoki vessel

Ministry of Fisheries, Christchurch, seizes Japanese hoki vessel

The Ministry of Fisheries (MFish), Christchurch, today seized a large Japanese trawler in Lyttleton, in the culmination of a five month investigation into one particular aspect of vessel's fishing practice.

MFish District Compliance Manager, Christchurch, John Slaughter, said his investigators suspected the vessel had under-declared a significant quantity of hoki in the period leading up to the investigation.

The investigation commenced in mid-June when processed fish landed from the ship was inspected at Lyttelton, and discrepancies were found between the actual and reported state. As a result, 3140 cartons of hoki were seized, and analysis started.

Mr Slaughter said the discrepancy could be as high as a 20 per cent difference, with as much as 38 tonnes of hoki not declared.

"The Ministry is serious about maintaining the integrity of the Quota Management System through effective enforcement, especially in New Zealand's deepwater fisheries," he said. "We acknowledge that the hoki fishery is under pressure. Hoki quota has been progressively reduced during the past few years, and has been cut by a further 10 per cent for the 2003/04 fishing year."

The hoki fishery is one of the largest in New Zealand, and the 2003/04 Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) is set at 180,000 tonnes.

The vessel, the Chiyo Maru #3, is owned and operated by the Maruha Fishing Co Ltd of Japan, and is one of the largest vessels of its type fishing in New Zealand waters.

Mr Slaughter said if the company was charged and convicted, those involved may face fines of up to $250,000 for each charge, and possible automatic forfeiture of the vessel and fish involved.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’.

Robertson said he and the Cabinet viewed Orr in high regard. Terms will be agreed on his employment after the reserve bank act review. The future governor's pay would be greatly reduced - in the same scale as the most recent governor. More>>


'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Saying ‘Work For The Dole,’ Nicely

As New Zealand First learned the hard way from its two previous periods in government, small parties in MMP coalitions get blamed for the unpopular stuff done by their senior partner in power, but no one remembers the good stuff the junior player brought to the table... More>>


Seismic Blasting: Greenpeace Launches Legal Challenge Against Amazon Warrior

A legal challenge against the world’s largest seismic oil exploration ship was launched at a public rally on Parliament Lawn. More>>


Tertiary: 80,000 People Eligible For Fees Free

The Government has today made good on its 100-day promise of delivering the first year of fees-free post school training and education and industry training from 1 January next year, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. More>>





Featured InfoPages