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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. […]

New Zealand’s international reputation at stake

June 15, 2016 For 30 years New Zealanders have been sold the line that our Quota Management System is a world leader when it comes to both protecting fish stocks and encouraging a culture of stewardship. Kiwis and the world have been sold a pup.

Sequence of failures gives reason for change

June 3, 2016 Revelations there have been no prosecutions after investigations into blatant fish dumping, catch misreporting, and high grading aboard coastal and deep sea trawlers are alarming. Even more disturbing is the refusal of officials to acknowledge and address the underlying problems embedded in the Quota Management System (QMS). Realistically, the Ministry for Primary Industries is never […]

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. […]

LegaSea calls for Commission of Inquiry

May 24, 2016 The Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Martyn Dunne has announced the appointment of a Queen’s Counsel to conduct an inquiry following revelations that his officials in MPI, decided not to prosecute industrial fishers filmed dumping overboard some or all of their catch. The terms of reference for the independent inquiry have been […]

MPI investigation is not enough

May 19, 2016 Recreational fishers are concerned that the proposed investigation into the dumping, wastage and cover-ups by the Ministry for Primary Industries does not go far enough. Only a full review into the Quota Management System will be sufficient to allay widespread public concern that the Ministry has been captured by commercial interests says LegaSea Spokesman Richard […]

Urgent action required on illegal fishing operations

May 16, 2016 Industrial fishing fleets kill more than twice the number fish they report and are doing so with little oversight from the Ministry of Primary Industries according to research released by the University of Auckland today. The University of Auckland’s “Reconstruction of marine fisheries catches for New Zealand (1950-2010)” report, released today, points out the lie […]