Michael Morrah is one of NZs best environmental TV journalists, his focus on the obscene environmental corruption of private fishing companies alongside his work to uncover the political corruption that allows for that damage to occur marks him out as one of our best investigative reporters.
For years Morrah has been on the forefront of demanding cameras on fishing fleets so we can police over fishing and he has led the investigation into why those cameras haven’t been placed and the overwhelming body of evidence suggests the donations from the fishing industry into the pockets of NZ First has led NZ First to lobby on their behalf to stymie the cameras onto the boats.
His latest investigative piece asks more troubling questions of the collusion between lax regulations and the Fishing Industry…
New Zealand’s fishing industry initially attempted to try and limit what footage the Government could access in a crucial cameras on fishing boats project that is due to begin, documents show.
The cameras will be used to monitor undersized tarakihi caught by commercial trawlers.
The idea is that it wants to review the video to make sure the number of small ones caught by trawl vessels is being recorded accurately.
The fishing industry agreed, but in its original proposal obtained by Newshub under the Official Information Act, it said it would be an “industry-owned and managed project”, the footage would be “owned by the fishers”, and industry-funded auditors would review 30 percent of the footage. Fisheries NZ would then be provided with the same 30 percent of video, but only if various “scope, confidentiality, data access, intellectual property” documents are “agreed in writing” first.
“These confidentiality agreements are all about the industry trying to continue to draw its veil of secrecy across what’s going on at sea, and it’s not acceptable,” Forest and Bird’s chief executive Kevin Hague says.
…corrupt business interests are constantly trumping environmental concerns.
At some stage, the deeply corrupt NZ fishing industry must be forced to change, and it’s Morrah’s journalism that will lead that change.
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