NZ First guts fishing oversight and it stinks

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…so commercial fishing pay Shane a big donation and Shane cuts back on oversight of the commercial fishing industry.

Doesn’t that smell fishy?

NZ First sinks coalition partners’ plan for fisheries review

NZ First has scuppered plans for a panel to provide advice on New Zealand’s fishing industry.

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash planned to revitalise the technical advisory panel, which was set up by the National Government to give expert advice on making fishing sustainable long-term.

But in the latest of a series of backdowns those plans are now abandoned, a source said – because NZ First doesn’t think the panel is needed, and resisted the appointment of environmental activists.

This stinks, as Russel Norman points out…

…so commercial fishing pay Shane a big donation and Shane cuts back on oversight of the commercial fishing industry.

Doesn’t that smell fishy?

When you consider the environmental vandalism many of these fishing companies cause, when you consider the slave conditions on the ships many of these fishing companies manifest and when you consider how MPI turns a blind eye to overfishing, to hear that a Politician they donated to has now shut down oversight of their industry starts looking like outright corruption doesn’t it?

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4 Comments

  1. Ike says:

    Talk about “cutting off your nose to spite your face”. What are these companies going to do once the fish stocks are depleted to uneconomic levels. Catch a shuttle to Mars and go fishing there?

  2. manfred staab says:

    For an island nation like New Zealand – and for all nations in the Pacific – fisheries are an important part of any climate change adaptation strategy, simply because it refers to a closer source of food and nutrition.

    Potentially, it offers opportunities for a wider range of localized income generation and employment as part of a “green jobs” strategy.

    Talking about the South Pacific: fishers, fish farmers and coastal inhabitants will bear the full force of climate change impacts through less stable livelihoods, changes in the availability and quality of fish for food, and rising risks to their health, safety and homes.

    The fragility of these communities is further undermined by over-exploited fishery resources and degraded ecosystems. The implications of climate change for food security and livelihoods in small island states and many developing countries are profound.

    For fisheries, biological and ecological responses to climatic changes (e.g. productivity, species abundance, ecosystem stability, stock locations, pathogen levels and impacts) must be expected.

    Unregulated – or too loosely – regulated commercial fishery is the main contributor to over-exploitation and degradation of oceanic ecosystems.

    In the context of strengthening climate resilience and protecting strategically important resources for adaptation, commercial fisheries in the South Pacific must be better monitored and gradually re-placed by sustainable techniques and technologies.

    This is not only a matter for New Zealand. As an influential partner in the South Pacific it owes sustainable fisheries policies to her small island neighbors.

    Meaningful regional adaptation strategies cannot solely encompass terrestrial ecosystems but have to include the complexity of aquatic ecosystems in analyses, conclusions, solutions, too.

    ….we need to know more instead of creating havoc in the seas.

  3. RED BUZZARD says:

    Yes not a good look…NZF needs to come clean on this

  4. mosa says:

    Just when you think we have got the National party out of government it lives on through Shane Jones.
    The Greens should be making LOUD noises about this filthy hypocrisy.
    Talley’s are a pack of scum bags.