Seafood New Zealand Friday Update 19 February 2016



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February 19, 2016


Marine park proposal pleases no one

   If a public meeting at Thames on recreational marine parks is any indication, the Government has a serious policy problem.
  A Hauraki Gulf marine park reserved for the recreational sector was proposed as an Auckland vote winner.
  Instead it appears to be pleasing no one.
  The Ministry for Primary Industries is running a road show around the country to “consult” on the proposed Marine Protected Areas legislation, which includes recreational fishing parks that would largely ban commercial fishing in the Hauraki Gulf and the Marlborough Sounds.
  A diverse audience of about 50 people at the Thames meeting this week included commercial and recreational fishers, iwi, environmentalists and local business operators. None supported the Hauraki Gulf park as proposed.
 Also present was National’s Coromandel MP Scott Simpson, who will hear submissions on the Bill as chairman of Parliament’s Local Government and Environment Select Committee.
 He appeared surprised at the level of opposition to the recreational park proposal.
 Flat fishermen using set nets in the Firth of Thames have been operating for over 100 years but now face removal from these grounds for a non-sustainability issue and with no compensation.
 The yellow belly flounder fishery is in shallow, muddy waters where there is little interaction with recreational fishers.
 Four tonnes of fish, mainly snapper, was caught at a recent Maraetai Beach fishing competition.
 This led to the suggestion that the mums and dads who Fisheries Minister Nathan Guy think need a better fishing experience should consider looking at a different fishing spot.
 The meeting heard that recreational only areas already exist, with the Tamaki Strait seasonal closure and areas around mussel farms where set netters cannot work.
 The Sea Change collaborative plan on the Gulf involving all interested parties was already considering spatial planning. The recreational only plan rides roughshod over that process, wasting two years’ effort and considerable ratepayer and private funds.
 Owners and staff of the Thames fish market said people, even those with boats of their own, demanded fresh fish all year, which those in the room supplied. That was now at risk.
 Many affected fishers were contractors who did not own quota and they would not be offered any compensation.
 Phil Clow, Whitianga Coromandel Peninsula Commercial Fishermens’ Association president, spoke at the Thames meeting and was also invited along with LegaSea to the game fishing club at Tairua last night.
 He said he was given a good reception and there was support from the recreational sector to retain commercial fishing at Thames.
 The Christchurch leg of public meetings held last Friday attracted only 10 people.
 It included a short presentation on the new legislation that included well worn justifications – improve marine protection, promote sustainability, provide a network of representative areas.
 To a question from the floor, protection from what?, there was no adequate answer.
 The general consensus from those attending was that protection should include all threats to marine environments, including freshwater run-off, sediments and nutrients. 
 And sustainability was already provided under the Quota Management System, which should not be undermined.
 “Most of those attending appeared sceptical about the whole proposal,” said one. “It appeared to be presented as a fait accompli.”
 The Auckland meeting this week was attended by 15 people.
 The officials from the Ministry of Primary Industries, Department of Conservation and Ministry for the Environment are in an awkward position and struggled to provide answers around the process being followed.
 One of those present said it was obvious the basic policy work had not been done.
The stock response was: put in a submission and we’ll consider it.
“It’s hard to make a coherent submission when the work hasn’t been done to formulate the policy on which we should be submitting – the process is about face,” one attendee said.
 Submissions close on March 11 but it is not clear what the timetable is following that.
 The process that should be followed is to consider the submissions, adapt that input and then consult on a more reasoned, scientifically rather than politically driven policy.
 All parties support marine protection and want to work with Government to achieve that.
 We have a once in a generation opportunity to do that. Let’s get it right.

- Tim Pankhurst



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Oyster shuckers Tipene Taylor-Love (left), and Robert Filipo worked hard to keep the wine & food festival punters happy.


Kono wins People's Choice award at Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

A trio of freshly shucked Kiwa oysters paired with their Tohu 'Rewa' Blanc de Blanc 2013 won Kono NZ the People's Choice award at the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival. Read more


In the Media




New Zealand seafood exports reach record $1.63 billion

(February 15-18) Seafood New Zealand's Media Release about the industry's exports reaching a record $1.63 billion was widely distributed by national news media as well as international fishing media.
Here's a round-up of the coverage.
Click each link to read more:
Radio New Zealand 
IntraFish UK  
Undercurrent News, UK  
The Fish Site  
World Fishing & Aquaculture  
Food New Zealand 
Stuff Business (Also published in The Dominion Post, Timaru Herald, Nelson Mail, Marlborough Express, Taranaki Daily News, and Manawatu Standard).




Why NZ salmon is king of the world

Stuff (February 17) reported on why New Zealand's king salmon is the powerhouse of the salmon world, compared to cheap, imported salmon that has made its way on to supermarket shelves in the country. Read more




Dr Ray Hilborn on Nine to Noon

Radio New Zealand's Kathryn Ryan (February 16) spoke to Prof Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington as he disputed findings of a new international study on fishing numbers, which claims catches are as much as double than those reported. Click here to listen



Upcoming events



February 28
Marlborough Marine Futures First Forum

The First 2016 Forum for Marlborough Marine Futures will explore how Marlborough citizens and stakeholders should respond to Government initiatives to change how marine protected areas are made and managed and its proposal for a recreational fishing park in the Marlborough Sounds. 
The forum will provide an opportunity for all sectors to express their views on what is proposed. All groups are encouraged to make their own submissions and to share them through the Marlborough Marine Futures website. Lunch provided after the meeting for those who stay. 
Email to register.
Sunday, February 28, 9.30 am to 1 pm
Port Marlborough Pavilion, 181 Waikawa Road, Picton.




March 11
Sustainable Seafood Day

Save the date!
Promote your fantastic MSC certified seafood on Sustainable Seafood Day. 
Spread the word through social media with #ForTheSea and tag @LoveOceanLoveFood on Instagram, @MSCinAustralia on Twitter and @MSCinAustralia on Facebook in your posts.
Share pictures and stories about your sustainable seafood products and fisheries on social media using #ForTheSea. More details here




July 3-7
Joint 2016 Conference

New Zealand Marine Sciences Society and Australian Marine Sciences Association
Sharing Ocean Resources – Now and in the Future.
Challenging marine ecologists, fisheries scientists, geologists, oceanographers, modellers, ocean chemists and resource practitioners to address meeting the needs of evidence-based decision making and policy development under future scenarios.
Where: Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus.
Visit for topics, themed sessions and Fisheries Symposium information.
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