Fisheries New Zealand was launched by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash at Parliament recently with no major announcements other than repeating his pledge to engage with key stakeholders in a meaningful way.
He said “we all want the same thing that is "abundant" fisheries.” Nash critical of the Ministry for Primary Industries, believes it had lost its way.
Labour’s fisheries policy pre-election cited a decline in fisheries management capability, a long list of promises never delivered, slow pace of operational decisions and a scarcity of dedicated fisheries officers and observers.
NZF has a similarly strong policy but has so far betrayed its voters by disregarding the sensible solutions in their fishing policy in favour of corporate interests the same as they did there 1080 policy.
The big question is however - will the new Fisheries New Zealand under Nash be any different? Dan Bolger, son of former Prime Minister Jim Bolger is the new head of Fisheries New Zealand. He is nothing more than another National party stooge who agrees with everything one says and then does nothing. Is he another MPI snake? The proof will be in the pudding.
The minute Bolger puts commercial interests before that of sustainable measures as required by the Fishery Act to sustain a healthy wild fish stock then we will know he has been politically corrupted by big business interests.
The position was never advertised, as he is Nash's preferred appointee, but by all accounts he is decent, quiet, mild-mannered, determined and prepared to listen rather than dictate, but cited the importance of the seafood sector to the economy.
"The science tells us that the majority of our fish stocks are okay, the basis and platform is sturdy," he told invited guests from across the various stakeholders at the parliamentary function.
Is he already industry captured?
The former MPI science has been proven to be false and nothing more than guesswork on almost every front. None of the scientists should have continued employment.
MPI Fisheries relations had been tested to breaking point with Nathan Guy and the previous government. Guy and National did nothing for recreational fishing other than to blatantly lie, cover-up issues as they failed to deliver promised recreational fishing areas. He proved beyond all doubt what a nasty little man he was and that he couldn’t lie straight in bed as his two-faced escapades with the commercial industry were revealed time and time again.
Guy should be jailed for the damage he allowed to occur in the inshore fishery. This damage has been left to Nash and Bolger to repair, which is typical of any National government. The citizens of this country deserve much better.
So, now we have a new Minister who is active and prepared to engage with all fishers, or so he says along with a new fisheries head who is respected, well credentialed yet unproven, and a new unit with supposedly strong support staff. But did Nash and Bolger get rid of all the former scummy MPI staff that lied, were corrupted and colluded with the Commercial Industry? Time will tell.
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