Green Party calls on Government to stop dirty fishing practice of bottom trawling

The Green Party is calling on the Government to urgently stop dirty, degrading fishing practices in areas most vulnerable to destruction.

For Seaweek 2021, which begins this week, the Green Party has penned an open letter to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Hon David Parker, calling for an end to bottom trawling of seamounts and other vulnerable seabed habitats.

“Our oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. They are home to precious habitats, wildlife and vast ecosystems that keep our blue planet stable,” said Green Party spokesperson for Oceans and Fisheries, Eugenie Sage.

 

“But our oceans are under threat. Over decades, successive governments here in Aotearoa New Zealand have let our oceans be overfished and exploited for short-term economic gain.

 

“Overfishing and sediment pollution from our activities on land, and proposals for seabed mining, put the health of our precious oceans at risk.

 

“Bottom trawling destroys centuries-old communities of deep sea corals, sea sponges and other marine life.

 

“These precious ecosystems will take centuries to recover – if at all.

 

“We are calling on the Government to urgently stop the dirty, degrading fishing practice of bottom trawling, for fish such as orange roughy. Some 50,000 New Zealanders signed a petition last year asking for bottom trawling to stop. Other countries have done it for their seamounts. Government needs to act.

 

“We must act now to allow our oceans to thrive, before it's too late.”

 

ENDS

Latest Environment Announcements

Story

Budget 2022: Greens call for urgency with nature-first climate investments

Budget 2022 shows progress on conservation commitments in the Green Party’s cooperation agreement Green Party achievements in the last Government ...
Read More

Story

Nature needs us to act right now

The Green Party welcomes the release of the implementation plan for Te Mana o te Taiao Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy and calls on the ...
Read More

Story

Urgent action needed to bring natural environment back from the brink

The release today of Environment Aotearoa 2022 is a sobering reminder of what is at stake if the Government does not step up and take urgent action...
Read More

Story

Greens welcome Three Waters recommendations

The Green Party welcomes the recommendations of the Three Waters independent working group and urges the Government to seriously consider the repor...
Read More

Story

Green Party says Government needs to do better to protect our drinking water

The Green Party is calling on the Government to improve environmental standards so every New Zealander has access to clean, healthy drinking water.
Read More

Story

The time to protect our oceans is now

The Green Party is calling on the Government to support a strong global treaty at the United Nations to protect our oceans, as Greenpeace hands ove...
Read More