Opinion

Barry Torkington: An unholy alliance

August 31, 2016 The opinion piece in Monday’s Dominion Post (We’re catching fish but not value: why the QMS needs reforming) is critical of New Zealand’s Quota Management System (QMS) and with good reason. The academics who authored the piece used the context of a lack of value creation and capture to frame their point. If the New […]

Barry Torkington: It’s time we knew the truth about our quota system

June 15, 2016 What a shambles our fisheries management is in, claim and denial met by counter claim and more strident denial. The public relations outfits must be licking their lips and counting the dollars. The average New Zealander just wants to know the truth, so here is the start. Of course fishermen dump fish over the side. […]

Richard Baker: Who’s running our fisheries?

May 24, 2016 The Prime Minister once famously said that New Zealanders care more about snapper than the GCSB spying on Kiwis – and he may be right. The freedom to go out fishing, to bring home your catch and share the experience with family, friends and whanau is an essential part of New Zealand’s way of life. […]

Recreational perspective on shared fisheries and developing trust

August 19, 2015 Recreational perspective on shared fisheries and developing trust Address to the Seafood New Zealand Conference. Grant Dixon, Editor. New Zealand Fishing News magazine. Thank you for the opportunity to give my perspective on the fishery and building trust between industry and the public/recreational fishers. When Tim Pankhurst contacted me and explained the brief, I was a […]