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

 

Fishing community stands up to extremist set net ban calls

9 March 2012

For immediate release

Local fishing community stands up to extremist calls for complete set net ban

The Taranaki fishing community has come out strongly against conservationists’ campaigns to extend the current set net ban in relation to Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins.

“The local fishing community is an easy target for extremists to call for a complete set net ban in Taranaki to save the dolphins, yet there is simply not enough factual information about these species to make a call on this,” says Keith Mawson, Managing Director of Egmont Seafoods Limited.

“It’s like using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut,” says Mr Mawson. “Fishing is one factor but industry and government have already taken extensive measures to address this. What about all the other known factors including disease, pollution and natural predators such as sharks and orcas?”

There has only been one reported fishing-related mortality death of a Hector’s/Maui’s dolphin in the Taranaki area in the last 25 years and this was reported in January 2012.

“Why would you put a fishing community’s livelihood completely at risk without having all the facts on hand?

“We are concerned that Government is being pressured to make a call that will not deliver the results we all want, which is a thriving dolphin population.”

Mr Mawson said that the Taranaki fishing community met with DOC and MAF last week and urged them to work with the industry and other parties to gather more information.

“At the moment the Department of Conservation has no recovery plan in place and has done little research on dolphins in the Taranaki area. The plan and research are urgently needed,” says Mr Mawson.

Peter Bodeker, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Seafood Council was also present at the Taranaki meeting and said the fishing community wanted to assist in information gathering, including working with government agencies to look at ways of identifying and tagging the marine mammals.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 


Science Media Centre: Understanding DDoS cyber attacks – Expert Reaction

Cyber attacks have hit several New Zealand organisations this month, disrupting their online services. The Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks were the same kind of cyber attack that affected the NZX around this time last year... More>>


Financial Markets Authority: Spike in investment scam complaints since COVID

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) - Te Mana Tātai Hokohoko – is warning New Zealanders to be on the lookout for three unique types of scams that have been on the rise since the start of COVID-19. The warning comes as the FMA responds to a rise in complaints about investment scams and fraud lodged with the regulator in the first half of this year... More>>


Statistics: Strong export growth narrows current account deficit to $3B

The seasonally adjusted current account deficit narrowed to $3.0 billion in the June 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. The current account deficit was $2.2 billion narrower than the previous quarter due to an increase in value of goods exports (up $1.4 billion) and services exports (up $1.7 billion... More>>




Statistics: GDP rises in the June 2021 quarter

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 2.8 percent in the June 2021 quarter, following a 1.4 percent increase in the March 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. June 2021 quarter GDP was 4.3 percent higher when compared with the December 2019 quarter... More>>


Energy-from-waste: $350 Million Plant To Deliver Renewable Energy Considered

Investigations have begun into the viability of building an Energy-from-Waste plant that will safely convert 350,000 tonnes of waste, that would otherwise be dumped into South Island landfills annually, into renewable electricity... More>>

Olam: Confirms plans for commissioning of NZ dairy plant

OFI, a global leader in natural and sustainable food ingredient solutions, today confirmed plans to develop a new dairy processing facility at Tokoroa. It is now taking expressions of interest from potential farmer suppliers, employees, contractors, and general trade suppliers... More>>