Fish n chip favourite in danger
A ten per cent cut to commercial catch limits of tarakihi
will not be enough to save the species from its depleted
state, says LegaSea.
Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash
announced today his management plan to restore the East
Coast tarakihi fishery by applying a ten per cent cut to
commercial catch limits this year on top of twenty per cent
But recreational fishing advocacy group
LegaSea says MPI science shows another 40 per cent cut to
catch limits is needed for tarakihi stocks to regrow to
healthy levels in the next decade.
spokesperson Sam Woolford says the Minister has failed in
his obligation to safeguard a sustainable fishery and
instead put his faith in a rebuild plan devised by the same
industry that did the damage in the first place.
“We’re hugely disappointed that the government has
bowed to commercial interests instead of putting the
sustainability of this prized fishery first.”
Minister Jacinda Ardern explained the Māori concept of
kaitiakitanga, or guardianship, to the United Nations this
week. LegaSea calls on her government to demonstrate its
commitment to this principle in our own waters first.
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