Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Fisheries management much more than just a FAD

30 August 2011

Fisheries management much more than just a FAD

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council claims that “Greenpeace is doing a great job attracting attention to bycatch issues in these remote fisheries (tuna fisheries in the western Pacific Ocean)”. The New Zealand seafood industry disagrees.

“The current Greenpeace campaign focussing on the use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in tuna purse seine fisheries highlights the organisation’s unwillingness to understand effective fisheries management,” says Peter Bodeker, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Seafood Council.

Despite quoting figures from the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) on bycatch rates, Greenpeace has not taken up the opportunity to work with this group to make improvements to tuna fishing.

Mr Bodeker said effective fisheries management is primarily about ensuring catch rates are appropriate. “In New Zealand that is achieved through the setting of quotas. For highly migratory species, like tuna, which swim through the waters of many nations and international waters, good fisheries management requires cooperation through regional fisheries management organisations. Regulations governing fishing practices, such as the use of FADs, may well be part of the measures adopted.

“The New Zealand seafood industry supports the effective management of these fisheries through the West and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and its own quota management system (QMS).

“It also works closely with credible regional fisheries organisations such as the WCPFC to look at ways of reducing the bycatch of juvenile tuna and other species.

“We hope that the public appreciates that the key to achieving sustainable fisheries is about more than the use (or not) of FADs as Greenpeace would have them believe.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Maritime Union: Deepening Supply Chain Crisis Requires Action

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says the global COVID-19 pandemic exposed pre-existing weaknesses in our logistics sector, and created enormous problems... More>>



Air New Zealand: Employees Recognised With $1,000 Share Award

The efforts Air New Zealand employees made during one of the airline’s toughest years will be recognised via an award of $1,000 worth of company shares to all permanent employees... More>>

Consumer NZ: Bank Complaints On The Rise, Survey Shows

Nearly one in five Kiwis had a problem with their bank in the past year, Consumer NZ’s latest satisfaction survey finds. Consumer NZ chief executive Jon Duffy said the number of bank customers reporting problems had jumped to 18%, up from 11% in 2020... More>>

Mercury: Enters Into Binding Agreements To Acquire Trustpower’s Retail Business

Mercury NZ Limited (Mercury) has announced that it has entered into binding agreements with Trustpower Limited (Trustpower, NZX:TPW) to acquire Trustpower’s retail business for NZ$441 million... More>>

ALSO:


ASB: New Zealanders Missing Out On Hundreds Of Millions In KiwiSaver Government Contributions

New Zealanders have just over a week to ensure they’re eligible for the maximum annual government KiwiSaver contribution... More>>


Stats NZ: GDP Climbs 1.6 Percent In March 2021 Quarter Following December Dip

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 1.6 percent in the March 2021 quarter, following a 1.0 percent fall in the December 2020 quarter, Stats NZ said today. "After an easing of economic activity in the December quarter, we’ve seen broad-based growth in the first quarter of 2021... More>>