Seafood New Zealand Friday Update 4 March 2016

 

 


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March 4, 2016

 

Dismissive response to questions around proposed MPA legislation

Now we know. Yeah right.
On Jan 13 we sought a raft of missing detail on the proposed Marine Protected Areas legislation from the Ministry for Primary Industries.
The questions primarily concerned the proposed recreational fishing parks in the Hauraki Gulf and the Marlborough Sounds, which have drawn widespread opposition and threaten to undermine the Quota Management System and property rights.
Here are the questions filed under the Official Information Act we sought answers to:
* In terms of species covered  by this proposal could you explain exactly which species will be closed to commercial fishing in:
* The Hauraki Gulf
* The Marlborough Sounds

On what basis was the decision made to close those species in those areas to commercial fishing – what scientific evidence was used to assess the stocks in those areas and limit their catch to recreational fishers?

* If those fisheries are under pressure, what measures will be taken to ensure the targeted species under this proposal are not put at risk of further pressure e.g. what reporting requirements for recreational fishers and surveillance measures will be put in place; and how much will those extra measures cost?

* The figure of $20 million has been quoted as the cost to compensate commercial interests – how was that figure arrived at?

* How will the compensation amounts be assessed and by whom?

* Will compensation be limited to quota share holders, what about commercial operators who fish into quota holders?

* Has any consideration been given to compensating the crews of those vessels who will no longer be able to fish in those areas?

* Minister Smith said on National Radio on Wednesday,  January 13, that the recreational benefits
(including tourism) were of greater value than the commercial fishing revenue - how has the Government arrived at that assertion and how  does that align with the Fisheries Act requirement to maximise the sustainable return on fisheries?

When 20 working days had passed and the Ministry had not responded, as it is required to do, a further approach was made.
A response was promised on Feb 19. That date passed with no acknowledgement. After more prodding, pointing out public submissions close on March 11, and a threat to take the matter to the Ombudsman, a response was promised on Monday this week.
It finally arrived on Tuesday, seven weeks after being filed.
The response consisted of links to a number of Government websites which did not directly address any of the questions raised. 

We may have missed something.
If anyone reading this can help out, we would appreciate being put right.

If we have received all the papers then the Government made decisions without proper advice on what constitutes biodiversity protection, what the options are for this protection and the impact on the commercial fishing industry. Its foundation reference point appears to be the 2014 National election policy statement.

And if this dismissive response is MPI’s idea of consultation and openness, then it does not bode well for the vital reviews currently under way on MPAs, the Fisheries Act and cost recovery.

- Tim Pankhurst

 

 

Fond farewell to fishers Matenga "Marty" Taiaroa and Jim Hansen 

Otago Daily Times (March 3) reported on ‘‘chief of the Kaik'', Matenga "Marty" Taiaroa, being farewelled at Otakou marae. Hundreds packed into Te Whare Tamatea and the marae's grounds to pay tribute and farewell the highly-respected member of Te Runanga o Otakou. Taiaroa, 81, and close friend Jim Hansen, 63, died when the fishing vessel they were aboard - MV Marina - was wrecked near Breaksea Sound in Fiordland last week. The funeral was punctuated by laughter as friends and family recalled anecdotes and memories of Taiaroa.
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First Bluff oysters of the season

Stuff (March 1) reported on the first Bluff oyster catch of the season making its way around the country. Direct Fish and Oyster owner-manager Karen Calder said her oyster boats started dredging at 12.01am on Tuesday morning on the opening day of the season. By 9am, the first shipment containing 50 dozen raw oysters and 10 dozen oysters in shell was en route to the Botswana Butchery in Queenstown, Calder said. Until noon on Tuesday, Direct Fish and Oyster had processed about  2500 oysters since the midnight start, she said. Read more

Also read: Southlanders get first dibs on Bluff oysters - Radio New Zealand.

 

 

 

Former fishing boat skipper Joseph Thomas to head Ngai Tahu Seafood

Stuff (March 2) reported on Joseph Thomas (Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri, Te Ati Awa) being appointed chief executive of Ngai Tahu Seafood. Thomas was born and bred on the Chatham Islands, where his whanau have been in the fishing industry for many years. He crewed and skippered on a rock lobster vessel before heading to Waikato University to study management. Read more

 

 

 

New business from Tiaki trawling

Stuff/Sunday Star Times
(February 28)
 published a column by business commentator Rod Oram, which said caring and conservation were at the heart of a new fish harvesting plan, Tiaki. Better fish, more money and greater sustainably will certainly be the results of a new fishing technology and brand invented here in New Zealand, Oram said. But the story is far more profound. It's about the greatest shift in philosophy and practice any part of our primary sector has attempted in generations. Read more

 

 

 

Southern Cross skipper Adam Clow jumped at the chance to be part of the trial. Photo: Bruce Foster.

 

On-board cameras to prove seabird captures are dropping

Scoop NZ (March 2) reported on a trial by the Southern Seabird Solutions Trust, which showed cameras placed on fishing boats were an effective tool to monitor seabirds in fishing. The trial, which used woven flax proxy seabirds, found that cameras could detect around 90 per cent of seabird proxies caught on snapper longline hooks. 
Snapper longline fishermen in northern New Zealand wanted to show the public that their operations were not putting seabirds at risk, and was why fisherman Adam Clow jumped at the chance to be involved in the trial. 
“I want to be transparent and show that what we’re doing is sustainable.” Clow said. “It’s a case of: if we are as good as we say we are, we need to prove it.” Bottom longline fishermen set their lines at night when seabirds are less active, and add weights to the line so it sinks quickly out of the diving range of seabirds. Trident Systems, which is a Limited Partnership of quota owners, provided the camera and carried out the trial. Read more

 

 

On a lighter note...

Stuff (March 3) reported on Napier Port denying that it had "cocked up" over the release of plans for a multimillion-dollar dredging and development project. Hawke's Bay artist and entrepreneur Andy Heyward labelled the plans outlined in the map a "phallusy".
"At the risk of sounding like a dick, I think they have cocked the map up," Heyward joked.
Click here to view an image and read more about the alleged "cock up".

 

 

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March 19
Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival

The iconic Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival, now in its 12th year, has been revamped for 2016. While the Marlborough Greenshell™ Mussel remains the hero of this event, it has been joined by a full line-up of local seafood showcased by celebrity chefs and paired with local wine and beer.
Don't miss the mussel opening competitions featuring the Guinness Book of Records “Fastest 100” record breaking attempt. Read more
Saturday, March 19, 10am onwards at the Havelock Domain.