22 Mar, 2021 20:00 am

Industry Breaks Promises In Tarakihi Deal

Industry Breaks Promises In Tarakihi Deal
The inshore tarakihi fishing industry has admitted it's failing to adhere to voluntary measures it promised in a 2019 tarakihi catch limit deal with then Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash. Tarakihi have been fished down to just 15% of their original levels. ...

But in a briefing to Minister Parker, obtained by Forest & Bird through the OIA, Fisheries Inshore Chair Laws Lawson admits tarakihi boats have been failing to keep out of areas they promised not to fish because of their importance for juvenile tarakihi (para 13, Voluntary Closed Areas).Forest & Bird advocate Geoff Keey says “Voluntary is simply not the same thing as mandatory.Forest & Bird is waiting on a judicial review of the 2019 tarakihi quota decision, saying at the time, “The Industry Rebuild Plan shouldn't be used in place of an appropriate catch limit." "As Forest & Bird feared, the Government made that catch deal on the basis of shaky industry promises," says Mr Keey.

Commercial fishers have clearly been fishing hard up against the boundaries of closed areas where juvenile tarakihi are known to congregate, safe in the knowledge they can’t get in trouble when they cross the line".New Zealanders deserve to have confidence that closed areas will be protected by the Ministry of Primary Industries.

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