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

 


Deepwater Group Supports Sub-Antarctic Marine Reserves

Deepwater Group Supports Sub-Antarctic Marine Reserves

The Deepwater Group is backing the three new Marine Reserves around the Sub-Antarctic island groups of Campbell, Bounty and Antipodies.

Deepwater Group represents the fishing fleets which operate in the Southern Ocean. These islands are listed as world heritage sites and were designated nature reserves in 1954.

Deepwater CEO, George Clement, says these Marine Reserves, in which there will be no fishing or mining, were already closed to trawling. In the Sub-Antarctic region a total area of 235,220 square kilometers was closed to bottom trawling in 2007, including the areas now within the new Marine Reserves.

“We support the reclassification of waters within the 12 mile Territorial Seas of these islands as higher level Marine Reserves. We have recognised for some time that the unique flora and fauna on and round those islands need further legislative protection. The seabed ecosystems are also unique and are, for the most part, untouched. We congratulate the Minister of Conservation, Nick Smith, for implementing these additional conservation measures,” George Clement says.

“Quota owners look forward to working with Nick Smith and his officials on the development and implementation of a considered and comprehensive network of marine protected areas.

We note the Ministry for the Environment’s report that New Zealand has already 34 per cent of its waters closed through existing and targeted marine management tools and that any future marine protected area policy must first take account of these existing closures.

George Clement also qualified the support given to the new Marine Reserves, requesting access for ships that need to take shelter near to these islands in the event of severe storms.

“The Minister will know of the need to shelter from his own experience in the storm last week.

He was on board HMNZS Wellington when it was forced to shelter from a storm at Stewart Island. Weather that violent can be life threatening. When human life is at risk, vessels should have the right to take shelter as these Islands offer the only safety for hundreds of kilometers in a wild an open ocean.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news