Seafood New Zealand Friday Update 21 January 2016



Friday Update is Seafood New Zealand's weekly email from our Chief Executive.

In the Media




Marine Protected Areas proposal

The Government's release of a consultation document on the proposed, new Marine Protected Areas legislation has evoked varied responses from commercial and recreational fishing sectors, iwi and environmental groups.

According to a Beehive media release, the proposed, new act would replace the Marine Reserves Act, 1971, and includes proposals to cut commercial fishing in favour of recreational fishing parks in the inner Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds.

Here's a round-up of a few, key responses to the Government's proposal that appeared in the media last week.


Seafood industry supports sustainable fisheries

Seafood New Zealand's media release (January 12) said while the seafood sector supported effective marine conservation, effective recreational sector management was also needed. Chief Executive Tim Pankhurst said the purpose of the proposal needed to be clear. “If it is to control who takes what from where and at what time, it is time to address accurate reporting on the size of the recreational catch. That must include charter operators who run fishing businesses and catch considerable amounts, yet operate largely unsupervised." Read more


Recreational fishing parks are not marine protected areas

New Zealand Herald (January 18) Fisheries Inshore New Zealand Chief Executive Dr Jeremy Helson argued recreational fishing parks are not marine protected areas and should not be included in the new Marine Protected Areas Act. Read more


Aotearoa Fisheries keen for collaborative approach

Scoop (January 18) New Zealand’s largest Maori-owned fishing group, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd's response to the proposal, applauded the government’s focus on sustainably managing and protecting our oceans, but expressed concern that recreational fishing parks and marine and seabed reserves and sanctuaries would adversely affect Māori fishing rights. Read more
Also read in 3News: We need to talk, says Aotearoa Fisheries


Industry groups united against Sounds recreational fishing park plan

Stuff (January 12) reported on commercial fishing interests being united in questioning the Marlborough Sounds recreational fishing park proposal the Government has released. Industry sources said small fishermen catching blue cod, snapper, flatfish and other species would suffer, along with small-scale processors. Seafood New Zealand, the Southern Inshore Finfish Management Co and Nelson-based Solander Group have joined the Port Nelson Fishermen's Association in opposing parts of the plan. Read more


Editorial: Major marine law overhaul has fish hooks

New Zealand Herald (January 20) published an editorial, which said the marine protected areas proposal begged some questions. It doesn't define commercial fishing. Are charter boats that take out groups of fishers commercial or recreational? What is the recreational take? Will catch reporting in fishing parks be enforced to monitor stocks? Read more


Marine protection proposals need more work

New Zealand Herald (January 19) published an opinion piece by Environmental Defence Society policy director Raewyn Peart. Among the points the article raised was that the recreational fishing park proposal did not appear to provide any mechanisms to improve the quantity of fish in the water. Peart said excluding commercial fishing would not in itself increase fish stocks and there was no proposal to reduce the total amount of fish harvested.
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Events and updates




New Zealand seafood in The
New York Times

(January 8) The Travel section of The New York Times put the spotlight on four New Zealand seafood festivals in their 'Where Foodies Should Go in 2016' feature - The Havelock Mussel and Seafood Festival, Bluff Oyster Festival, Whitianga Scallop Festival and the Kaikoura Seafest.
"Seafood is the culinary darling of New Zealand in 2016 with four festivals spotlighting local crustaceans," is what the feature said about our festivals.
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Auckland Seafood Festival

January 29 to February 1
Savour four glorious days of New Zealand’s celebrated seafood, live music, celebrity chef demonstrations, including free cooking demonstrations on Halsey Wharf in the heart of Auckland. With breathtaking views of the Waitemata Harbour and an array of local flavours luring you in, you’re sure to be hooked.
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Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival

January 30 
Check out the first ever Rotorua Summer Seafood Festival that pairs delicious seafood with fine New Zealand wine on Rotorua's stunning lakefront. Enjoy an exciting line-up of local musical talent and relax beside the stunning Lake Rotorua. My Kitchen Rules semi-finalists Jay and Sarah will also be joining in the celebration this year.
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