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


ECO Comments Misplaced, says Paua Industry

19 May 2006

ECO Comments Misplaced, says Paua Industry

The Chairman of the Paua Industry Council says that ECO's latest broad
brush attack on the fishing industry is misplaced as is Cath Wallace's
support of the Department of Conservation's efforts in marine

"The vast majority of fishing does not damage the marine ecosystem," Ed
Arron said. "The damage is from the effects of land based activities
and neither ECO or DOC seem willing to either accept this or do anything about it.

"For the paua industry this is hugely frustrating as sediment derived
from inappropriate land use smothers the fragile pick coralline algae
that is required by paua to settle from their planktonic stage after

"The same choking silt that inhibits the successful breeding of paua
also adversely impacts on their food which is seaweed."

A recent workshop held by NIWA on the effects of land-based activities
on the coastal environment described just how fragile marine foundation
species such as seaweeds were and it was a wake up call for everyone
concerned with the health of our seas said Mr Arron.

The workshop was clear that fishing was not the problem and nor were
marine reserves the solution. Marine reserves do not stop pollution or
sedimentation and are just as adversely affected as non protected areas.

"Central government and regional councils must get serious about run-off
and attack the problem at its source. This continuing attack on fishing
and the premise that marine reserves will save the seas is absolute clap
trap and its time the policy makers and other bureaucrats woke up to
this and looked at the real threats to our marine environment.

"The fact that MFish got the extra funding to implement the MPA strategy rather than DOC is testament to the common sense approach being taken by the new Fisheries minister Mr. Anderton" Mr Arron said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news