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

 


Fishermen are right – no Maui’s to be found off Taranaki

Fishermen are right – no Maui’s to be found off Taranaki

Taranaki fishermen claims have been vindicated after government observers on their vessels have failed to sight any Maui’s or Hector’s dolphins in Taranaki waters during the past month.

To protect endangered Maui’s dolphins the Minister for Primary Industries closed Taranaki inshore waters to set nets in late June and made it compulsory for the vessels to carry observers when fishing between two and seven nautical miles.

Local fishermen pointed out at the time that no Maui’s had ever been confirmed off Taranaki and that the identical looking Hector’s was there only rarely.

Five fishing vessels have operated out of New Plymouth with observers on board during the past month to set nets outside the two mile limit. They have gone as far north as Mokau and south to Hawera. The fishermen report a total of 658 hours of observer coverage and 2381 nautical miles (4410 kilometres) travelled , over 84 days at sea - without seeing a single Hector’s or Maui’s.

Local fisherman Ian McDougall says he isn’t surprised at the result.

“I caught the dolphin that started all this panic in January. It was the first I’d seen in 15 years fishing here. I reported it. But the problem was MPI issued a press statement saying I’d caught a Maui’s. People believed them, even though MPI later backed off its claim and it now says it was just as likely to be a Hector’s which is much more common.”

Ian McDougall says the fishermen have tried to cover as much area as possible to prove that these dolphins don’t inhabit any Taranaki waters.

“The boats haven’t just stayed in the approved set net area. We’ve been into the two mile limit without fishing just to prove the dolphins aren’t there either,” he says.

“Just compare that with the survey the Department of Conservation did off Waikato and Auckland in the past couple of years. That’s where all the Maui’s live. DOC was sighting a Maui’s every forty minutes or so. If they are somewhere out there, you will see them.”

Ian McDougall says that since there is a total absence of Hector’s and Maui’s sightings of Taranaki then the government ought to immediately lift the fishing ban.

“If that means observers then let’s have the observers for fishing here as well.”

Ian McDougall says the local fishers ought to receive compensation for lost income.

“All of us have had our catch down on previous seasons. One business has already gone to the wall. The government speculated on what type of dolphin I had caught. They got it wrong and sent everyone into a panic. Now it’s up to the Minister for Primary Industries to put it right,” Ian McDougall concluded.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?

Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.

On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>

 
 

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport

“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens

At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news