Allowing the Fishing Industry to police their own boats in the wake of a damning report that suggests that over the last 50 years the fishing industry has stolen over 20 million tonnes of fish is like allowing the Fox to video the hen house.
The government has awarded a contract to carry out surveillance on fishing boats to a company owned by the largest players in the country’s fishing industry.
You can’t have a situation where the commercial players are immune from scrutiny while recreational fisher folk are getting punished and allowing the industry to police itself in this manner is a joke.
Our fishery stock are a national treasure and we demand they are protected and sustained, but the manner in which the Ministry of Primary Industries has turned a blind eye to 24 million tonnes of over fishing calls for a full inquirey and wide ranging inquest. What has been suggested by National will simply cover butts and protect industry players. This idea of allowing a company owned by the industry to pretend independence is an insult to the debate and shows the fishing industry has no intention of voluntarily being responsible.
There is a stench of corruption hanging over the fishing industry. Include the slavery ships where crew are regularly raped, beaten and sexually abused and we have an industry that is corrosive and toxic. It is no surprise to me that the National Party President has deep interests in the fishing industry when the response is as tepid as this.