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While the Ministry for Primary In-

dustries give assurances that the 

crayfish fishery is doing well, a 

landmark survey of people who 

pot and dive for crayfish on the 

northeast coast between Pakiri and 

East Cape shows that it is not so.

Of the 822 survey respond-

ents more than three quarters 

(78.6%) described the size and 

availability of crayfish in this 

popular fishery as 1 or 2 out of 7. 

Six per cent rated it as aver-

age, and only 2.2% described 

the fishery as above average. 

83% supported or strongly sup-

ported a seasonal closure to 

all harvest to help the crayfish 

recover. Only 7% opposed or 

strongly opposed the move. 

Some were willing to go even 

further, with 62% supporting or 

strongly supporting a total clo-

sure of the fishery for a fixed time, 

with a managed reintroduction of 

fishing once the fishery reopens. 

Our fisheries are not in good shape 

and they’re being mismanaged 

by the Ministry that is supposed 

to oversee the future viability of 

our precious marine resources.

Recreational divers have few 

chances to navigate their way 

through these pots and when 

they do, they struggle to find 

a legal sized crayfish to take 

home for that special occasion.

Recreational fishers have voiced 

concerns for some time that statu-

tory obligations to maintain the 

fishery at healthy levels are being 

ignored in favour of commercial in-

terests whose ridiculously low catch 

rates are only economically viable 

due to the premium prices avail-

able from live fish exports to China. 

The purpose of the Fisheries Act is 

to maintain the potential of fisher-

ies resources to meet the reason-

ably foreseeable needs of future 

generations, yet the lack of crayfish 

in this once-abundant fishery is 

not being addressed by the Minis-

try. MPI talks of industry voluntar-

ily reducing its catch by 25%. The 

truth is that commercial fishers 

can’t take that many crayfish and 

haven’t been able to for some time. 

The Ministry for Primary Industries is 

undertaking a review of CRA 2 dur-

ing 2017 in anticipation of a manage-

ment review process in early 2018. 

The CRA2 area has the lowest com-

mercial catch rate in New Zealand 

and last year commercial fishers left 

a quarter of the quota uncaught 

in an effort to improve catch rates. 

Yet catch rates continue to decline. 

Ministry spin defies Crayfish survey

A national recreational hunting fo-

rum suspects government remov-

ing power from local government 

over 1080 use to be a reaction to 

growing public concern over the 

widespread use of the poison.

“Opposition to 1080 is grow-

ing so quickly that it represents 

a government move to quell the 

public’s concerns,” said Sporting 

Hunters Outdoor Trust convenor 

Laurie Collins of the West Coast.

Environment Minister Nick Smith 

recently announced that govern-

ment’s Environmental Protection 

Agency (EPA) would now adminis-

ter 1080 and brodifacoum rather 

than regional councils. He said 

“centralising” the use of 1080 and 

other pesticides was expected to 

save $11 million over the next 20 

years. Operations of poisons would 

not require resource consent.

However Laurie Collins said pub-

lic opposition to 1080 was grow-

ing quickly as the public became 

aware through anti-1080 advocates 

that the poison, originally devel-

oped as an insecticide was killing 

invertebrates, birds and animals. 

The public were realising 1080 

inflicted a long, slow death over 

one or two days and even longer.

“No wonder many countries 

ban 1080,” added Laurie Collins.

He said the move by government 

to “centralise” 1080 and brodifa-

coum use reflected the third term 

government’s increasing arrogance 

and neglect of public opinion.

It would be just a matter of time 

- perhaps this year’s election - 

before New Zealand would end 

up with a “Trump-like situation” 

where the public voted against 

the Establishment, its corruption 

and ignoring of the voting public.

“It’s not just the USA. Countries are 

getting governments they don’t 

want because of the dictatorial be-

haviour of governments they had.”

Government’s 1080 programme 

ignored public land was get-

ting an ecosystem poison indis-

criminately administered to it.

“New Zealand is spending hun-

dreds of millions of dollars in 

chemical destruction of our pub-

lic lands and wilderness,” he said.

Referring to his reference of cor-

ruption, Laurie Collins said gov-

ernment had now full control of 

1080 through its State Owned En-

terprise company that imported 

and processed the toxin into green 

dyed pellets for aerial distribution.

Government 1080 Grab “Quelling Public Opposition”

by  James Speedy

“It’s a state control grab and 

a state run empire,” he said.

Bill Benfield co-chairman of the 

Council of Outdoor Recreation As-

sociations said the Minister’s “power 

grab” was taking democratic rights 

and voice from local communities.

“The power will be solely in the 

hands of a minister in Wellington 

who can at his whim, dump poison 

anywhere and to heck with envi-

ronmental considerations,” he said. 

“It’s goes further than destructively 

dumping poison willy-nilly as it 

sets a dangerous precedent that 

could give government extreme 

powers to impose things like G.E.

The concept of dry stack marinas 

has been around for over two dec-

ades but with recent land values 

on the increase it is becoming a 

more viable option for boat owners. 

House sections are decreasing so is 

the ability to store boats at home. 

Facilities such as Mount Welling-

ton Marine Dry Stack in Auckland 

address this issue. MWM situated 

at 5 Paisley Place in Mount Wel-

lington is Auckland’s newest 

drystack facility accessing the 

gulf via the Tamaki Estuary with 

only a short commute to popu-

lar fishing and recreational areas.

 MWM features a fully security moni-

tored premise with 26 cameras and 

swipe entry; boat owners can rest 

assured that their boat is secure. 

Boats are stacked using the latest 

in marina forklift technology by 

Wiggins with lift heights of up to 

17m and 11 metric tons in weight. 

This gives the ability to stack small 

jet skis to 12 metre launches.

It might seem a little ironic to 

keep a boat out of the water, 

but the reality is the advantages 

outweigh the disadvantages.

The benefits of dry stack storage 

aren’t limited to just storage. It is 

proven that keeping your boat out 

of the water eliminates the build-

up of crustaceans improving speed 

and efficiency, reduced mainte-

nance costs and higher resale val-

ue compared to berthed vessels.

Unlimited monthly customer 

launches and retrievals are simply 

done by phone, text or online us-

ing MWM’s boatcloud app. 1 hours’ 

notice is all that is needed to have 

your boat launched, ready and 

waiting dockside. A full concierge 

service is available to have boats 

stocked with fuel, bait and ice. 

Keeping your boat in drystack saves 

you an enormous amount of time 

compared to towing your boat to 

and from a ramp. You also save all 

the money that would have other-

wise been spent on a trailer, fuel, 

and the need for a heavy duty 

towing vehicle. There is also the 

added bonus of not having the 

heated family argument over un-

loading and loading the trailer!

Service cradles for maintenance 

are available on request and the 

team at MWM can assist with ap-

pointing qualified marine techni-

cians to carry out minor works.

The team at MWM are dedicated 

to providing the best service 

in Auckland and are only too 

happy to assist. Their aim is to 

make boating simple and put the 

pleasure back into pleasure boat-

ing. Contact the friendly team at 

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Keeping your boat in drystack 

All species of wild seafood will col-

lapse within 50 years, according to 

a 2006 study by an international 

team of ecologists and economists. 

Writing in the journal Science, the 

researchers concluded that the loss 

of marine biodiversity worldwide 

is profoundly reducing the ocean’s 

ability to produce seafood, resist dis-

eases, filter pollutants and rebound 

from stresses, such as climate change 

and overfishing. Sound familiar?

“Unless we fundamentally change 

the way we manage all the ocean 

species together as working eco-

systems, then this century is the 

last century of wild seafood,” said 

study co-author Stephen Palumbi, 

professor of biological sciences at 

Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station.

Palumbi and Stanford colleague 

Fiorenza Micheli, assistant profes-

sor of biological sciences at Hopkins, 

are two of 14 co-authors of the Sci-

ence study, the first major analysis of 

all existing datasets—historical, ex-

perimental, fisheries and observation-

al—on ocean species and ecosystems.

Based on current global trends, the 

authors predicted that every spe-

cies of wild-caught seafood—from 

tuna to sardines—will collapse by 

the year 2050. “Collapse” was de-

fined as a 90 percent depletion of 

the species’ baseline abundance.

The impacts of species loss go be-

yond declines in seafood, the au-

thors said, noting that human 

health risks also emerge as depleted 

coastal ecosystems become vulner-

able to invasive species, disease out-

breaks and noxious algal blooms.

“The ocean is a great recycler,” Palumbi 

said. “It takes sewage and recycles it 

into nutrients, it scrubs toxins out of 

the water and it produces food and 

turns carbon dioxide into food and ox-

ygen.” But to provide these services, he 

added, the ocean needs all of its work-

ing parts—the millions of plant and 

animal species that inhabit the sea.

Accelerating declines

The research team analyzed 32 con-

trolled experiments, observational 

studies from 48 marine protected 

areas and global catch data from the 

United Nations Food and Agriculture 

Organization’s database of all fish and 

invertebrates worldwide from 1950 

to 2003. The scientists also looked at 

a 1,000-year time series for 12 coastal 

regions, drawing on data from ar-

chives, fishery records, sediment 

cores and archaeological sources.

The results revealed that every spe-

cies lost causes a faster unravelling of 

the overall ecosystem. This progres-

sive biodiversity loss not only im-

pairs the ability of the ocean to feed 

a growing human population but 

also sabotages the stability of marine 

environments, the authors said. Con-

versely, the study found that every 

species recovered adds significantly 

to the ecosystems overall productiv-

ity and ability to withstand stresses.

According to the research team, spe-

cies collapses are hastened by the 

decline in overall health of the eco-

system—fish rely on the clean water, 

prey populations and diverse habitats 

that are linked to higher diversity sys-

tems. This finding points to the need 

for marine resource managers to 

consider all species together rather 

than continuing with single-species 

management, the authors said.

Restoring populations

One pressing question for managers 

is whether losses can be reversed, 

the authors said. If species have not 

been pushed too far down, recov-

ery can be fast, they found, adding 

that there is also a point of no return 

where recovery is unlikely, as in the 

case of the northern Atlantic cod.

Examination of protected areas 

worldwide showed that restora-

tion of biodiversity greatly increased 

productivity and made ecosystems 

21 percent less susceptible to en-

vironmental and human-caused 

fluctuations on average—an in-

dication that ocean ecosystems 

have a strong capacity to rebound.

“The data show us it’s not too late,” 

Worm said. “We can turn this around. 

But less than 1 percent of the global 

ocean is effectively protected right 

now. We won’t see complete recovery 

in one year, but in many cases species 

come back more quickly than people 

anticipated—in three to five to 10 

years. And where this has been done 

we see immediate economic benefits.”

The authors concluded that restor-

ing marine biodiversity through an 

ecosystem-based management ap-

proach—including integrated fisher-

ies management, pollution control, 

maintenance of essential habitats 

and creation of marine reserves—is 

essential to avoid serious threats to 

Study predicts fisheries collapse by 2050