MPI in denial about under-reporting of fishing catch

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is in denial if it thinks under-reporting of fishing catch isn’t important, the Green Party said today.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is in denial if it thinks under-reporting of fishing catch isn’t important, the Green Party said today.

 

“As a first step, MPI should release the findings from its recent review of the Fisheries Management System to back up its claims that the system is sound,” said Green Party primary industries spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

 

The comments come on the back of a report by academics from the Universities of Auckland, British Columbia, and Oxford that the amount of marine fish caught in New Zealand waters between 1950 and 2010 is 2.7 times higher than official statistics suggest. The report, which is based on official information, interviews with industry personnel, and literature, also shows that dumping of fish is rife. This happens because fish are unmarketable, under the minimum legal size or the fisher has no quota.

 

“MPI needs to provide the evidence that there is no over fishing, rather than just rubbish a comprehensive independent report it doesn’t agree with. It can’t pretend everything is alright when it clearly has little idea how many fish are being taken or dumped.

 

“We have catch limits and reporting to protect our fish stocks. It’s not okay for the fishing industry to over fish, dump what companies don’t want, and under-report their catch. This mentality, which the Ministry seems to be condoning by saying there are plenty more fish in the sea, shows there is something very broken in the way MPI manages fishing in this country.

 

“The Green Party would increase the number of observers on fishing boats, increase enforcement, put in place harsher penalties for dumping and under-reporting fish catches, and review the Quota Management System,” said Ms Sage.

Latest Environment Announcements

Story

Greens commit to ensuring strong oceans protection this term

The Green Party will work with Labour this term to ensure better protections for our oceans, Green MP Eugenie Sage said today.
Read More

Story

Successful prosecution of Talley’s deep-water fishing division shows need for more marine protected areas and better enforcement

Today’s ruling that Talley’s deep-water fishing division, Amaltal, is guilty of bottom trawling in the Hikurangi Marine Reserve demonstrates the ne...
Read More

Story

Green Party commits to stronger urban tree protection and no new mines on public conservation land

The Green Party is the only party in Parliament which is explicitly committing to protecting public conservation land and the indigenous plants and...
Read More

Story

Greens must be at table during RMA reform to protect environment

The Green Party welcomes Labour’s commitment to reform the Resource Management Act, but says a Green voice is crucial to ensure the environment is ...
Read More

Petition

Take action to protect our oceans

We’re taking the health of our oceans seriously and our Thriving Oceans Plan sets out exactly how the Green Party will protect them so we all can e...
TAKE ACTION

Thriving Oceans

Oceans are the lifeblood of our planet and home to thousands of taonga species, providing us with nourishing food to feed our families, supporting...
Read More