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


Ministry of Fisheries doesn't know own Act

Ministry of Fisheries doesn't know own Act

Hot on the heels of a failed paua poaching prosecution, the Ministry of Fisheries again fudged the Fisheries Act when it launched an attack on senior lecturer in economics and public policy Cath Wallace.

"The Ministry of Fisheries appears to be fudging the law by claiming that maximum sustainable yield is only a guideline. This misrepresentation of the law is being used by the Ministry to hide its failed management of the orange roughy fishery under the quota management system," Forest and Bird's Conservation Manager Kevin Hackwell said.

"No matter what MFish might want to claim. The law is clear. Under the Fisheries Act fish stocks must be managed at or above population that supports Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) which for orange roughy is 30% of the original biomass," he said.

"Any orange roughy stock that is below 30% is being over-fished and must be restored," he said.

"MFish should explain to the public how they allowed the Challenger and Puysegur stocks to collapse. They should also explain why only two out of eleven orange roughy fish stocks are above the 30% MSY threshold," he said.

"MFish's management of the Challenger stock is particularly abysmal - they were forced to close it when it reached 3%. That's fairly spectacular non-performance," he said.

"The Fisheries Act was passed eight years ago. It is not a new Act, no matter what MFish might say. If MFish can't deliver the goods, New Zealand needs a new agency that will," he said.

Notes: Section 13 of the Fisheries Act 1996 requires: "(2)The Minister shall set a total allowable catch that- (a)Maintains the stock at or above a level that can produce the maximum sustainable yield, having regard to the interdependence of stocks;"

Section 2 of the Fisheries Act 1996 defines MSY as: ``Maximum sustainable yield'', in relation to any stock, means the greatest yield that can be achieved over time while maintaining the stock's productive capacity, having regard to the population dynamics of the stock and any environmental factors that influence the stock:"

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election