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

 


Fishing concerns

Fishing concerns

Many fishers have seen the recreational catch limits reduced and size increased while the commercial sector has not been affected, yet with declining shellfish and finfish numbers of many species like gurnard, hapuka, pink mau mau, john dory, paua and crayfish, in many areas around NZ.

The National Government is hell bent on increasing the exporting of fish to the detriment of our recreational fishing, and all under the guise of saving our economy.

Time and time again fishers and their representative organizations like LegaSea, NZACA and many dedicated fishing clubs have cried foul yet the people you and I elect totally ignore us. “Let them eat cake” is Guys response to our plight.

Families going camping over the summer months struggle to get a feed as they watch the trawlers hammering the beaches and throwing the discarded fish overboard in an attempt to hide the disgrace.

The science is being “managed” to produce results that do not match reality. Public concerns are ignored or minimized in the process of extracting the most fish possible for the least cost.

Instead of managing for depletion we ought to be managing for abundance. The fish must come first not corporate profits. Then NZ could become the fishing mecca attracting tourist dollars and revenue not previously seen in this country.

NZ First is the only Political Party which has taken on board the many concerns that have been presented by interested Fishing groups and have adapted many of these as there policy on fishing and promise to have these issues sorted if they get in as an co-alition party.
Richard Prosser NZ First fisheries spokesperson is a recreational hunter and is seriously concerned that recreational activities in this country are taking a backward step. He spend a week in the Waikato last month talking with recreational fishers and LegaSea discussing their concerns.

Many fishing clubs are greatly concerned that nothing is heard on TV after the issue last October. Are you as a representative of many fishing clubs prepared to promote these fishing concerns as a election issue and encourage fishers to use their party vote to assist the political party that will make a difference.

The Recreational Fishing Community needs to unite and use these elections to ensure our voice is heard and clearly heard as a threat to any political party that advocates the demise of our the peoples fishery through poor management practices and unrestrained fishing by the fishing companies.

I am asking you to raise these concerns with your club and to make them an election issue.

cheers
Graham Carter

The Fishing and Outdoors newspaper has forwarded questions to each Political Party fisheries spokesperson and the minister, so that each have their chance to explain their stance for the coming elections and some of these responses will be published over the next few months.

1. What is your parties plan regarding the NZ fishery issues?

UF: a. Amend the Fisheries Act to create “Recreational Only Species” giving recreational fishers priority over commercial fishers for specific species of fish. For these species the Ministry of Primary Industries will establish a biomass bottom line setting a permanent minimum tonnage of fish in that species. Initially we will include species such as Kahawai, Snapper, Kingfish, and Blue Cod as “Recreational Only Species” while reserving the right to adjust that list as circumstances require; b. Introduce a type of new marine reserve named recreational reserves.

L-Our overarching goal is to not only see an internationally competitive and profitable seafood industry.

NZF-believes that going fishing is a birthright for New Zealanders. In addition, our Exclusive Economic Zone and the fisheries resource it contains is one of this country’s most valuable assets. NZ First’s Fishing Policy aims to sustainably manage all aspects of saltwater fishing, to preserve the right and ability of New Zealanders to enjoy sport fishing and to catch food from the ocean, and to maximize the fishing industry’s returns to New Zealand in terms of jobs, wealth, and export earnings. The Quota Management System has restructured commercial fishing, but there is still scope for improvement, and in many regards it now requires re-examination.

2. Does your party have a policy on alleviating the waste from the inshore fishing trawlers? And if so what does your party plan to do about it and when?

UF: This is a really difficult issue. Our policy addresses this in three ways. 1. Our recreational reserves will reduce the number of inshore areas where commercial fishing vessels can operate. 2. Our research funding will include funding to improve monitoring on boats, whether through cameras or a weighing system or other – innovation is key here.

L-believes in the responsible use of our natural resources and will review commercial MLS with a view to ensuring they land what they catch. This will enable real measurement of the environmental effects of trawling.

NZF-Observers on large fishing vessels will be augmented with video surveillance and GPS monitoring on all commercial fishing vessels, to ensure that quota and regulations are adhered to by commercial fishers. This will safeguard both the inshore fishery and fish breeding grounds against any potential illegal commercial fishing activity. Schedule 6 will be abolished, and all dumping of fish or parts of fish at sea by commercial fishers will be prohibited, as has been proven to be effective by the highly successful Icelandic fishing industry. All fish caught must be returned to port, to prevent wastage and to encourage compliance with quota and size regulations.

Commercial fishers will be incentivised as well as regulated to ensure maximum compliance with quota, size, and selectivity requirements.

3. Currently it is difficult to purchase top quality fresh fish on the NZ Market, what do you plan and your party plan to do to get better quality fish product on NZ shelves? For example the majority of fish sold in NZ Fish Shops and Supermarkets is export reject as the majority of fish is exported.

UF: We believe all New Zealanders should have access to quality NZ seafood and not seconds or export rejects. Our policy statement does contain the words "and will ensure that there will be adequate supplies of recreational fish available to the domestic market. We believe these fish belong to the people of NZ and not the commercial fishing companies to export overseas while NZ’s pay outrageous export prices for seconds.

L-will move to managing inshore stocks at higher levels of abundance and encourage the growth of locally based licensed fish receivers and thereby allow more sales direct to the public. Local communities should have good access to local produce in the same way farmers markets have worked.

NZF-All fish caught in New Zealand waters, both territorial and the EEZ, by New Zealand, foreign, or Foreign Charter vessels, must be landed in New Zealand, and any higher value processing must be carried out in New Zealand. The greatest part of the value of the fishery is in processed and finished products. New Zealand First is committed to maximising the returns to New Zealand industry and the New Zealand economy, by ensuring that jobs are created in this country and that export earnings from this immensely valuable resource deliver as much as is possible to New Zealand.

At present the majority of fish sold in New Zealand supermarkets is fish which has been caught in New Zealand waters by foreign charter vessels harvesting New Zealand quota under contract, shipped to Asia for processing, and then shipped back to New Zealand to be sold as “Produce of New Zealand”.

Our policy will end this misleading and economically detrimental practice, as well as ensuring a ready supply of top quality catch available to the local retail and restaurant trade.

Summary:

National, the Greens and the Maori Party gave a nil response which indicates there arrogance and lack of respect of the recreational sector and the fact that they are probably only interested in the economic value of the fishery. I give them all a X in the Party Vote box.

Labour- is very clearly economy driven, like National. They also seem to still be looking for idea's and information .They have heard some of the gripes from the recreational sector but have few answers. The main problem here is while they search for answer's the fish in the 25 quota specie's remain in decline. Recreational before commercial always, if there is no abundance then no export. The commercial response is to say to us 'Don't You Want Fish And Chips' sure I just don’t want to have to go to China to eat it or have the rubbish Chinese fish sold here in the off season. Local trade is not the problem, the mass

tonnage is export. If we only harvested what we consumed the there would be no issue at all. For me Labour lean too heavily towards commercial and get a X.

United Future - Yes there is some good thought, much more time and effort has gone into this policy compared to the labour response. This policy is much more recreational orientated. The rec reserves and rec only fish is a good in your face to the commercial sector. The rec only fish is a bit misleading because the commercial are still allowed to harvest them. So no change really just a name change. I do like that somewhere in the school year there will be time allowed for education on our fishery, hopefully good handling practices as well.

NZ First - they have a more commonsense approach to the issues, except the minimum and maximum size limit. That's a bad thing and has the potential to double the discard from trawlers. It didn’t work in Nelson and won’t work here in the gulf. They get my vote and I will be ticking the NZ First Party Vote.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

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.

“National desperately wanted to pass its Employment Relations Amendment Bill this week. It hasn’t been able to do that and will now have to wait until Tuesday.

“At the same time a petition launched by Labour calling on the Government to dump changes to clause 44 - which would do away with minimum entitlements to smoko breaks for thousands of ordinary working Kiwis - has attracted 10,052 signatures in its first 24 hours. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Parliament Today:

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:

Labour: Tea Breaks 'Gone By Lunch Time'

“How cynical that on the eve of Labour weekend, the National government is pushing through legislation that takes away the statutory right to tea and meal breaks along with collective bargaining protections, and makes vulnerable workers jobs even less secure." 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:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news