The latest most classic display of mismanagement by MPI is the Chatham Island paua industry.
For years the island industry has been demanding the MPI butt out of paua management but the MPI insisted they knew what they were doing when in fact their bungling scientists had their heads up their proverbial backsides. Now submissions are being called for to help the collapsed industry recover.
The laughable side of this is how the NZ Seafood Industry is patting themselves on the back in their attached Press Release below for a successful carefully managed fishery when from the ‘get go’ it has been a complete botch-up from this bunch of bureaucratic tossers.
Promising plans for pāua The pāua industry has been carefully managing commercial harvesting of pāua fisheries for many years now. Practices such as catch spreading, fine-scale management and the use of ACE shelving to adjust commercial harvest levels are widespread.
But these management practices took a big step forward this week with the formal notification of a draft fisheries plan for the Chatham Islands (PAU4) fishery. The fisheries plan provides a framework for actions that the industry will take to manage commercial harvesting of the PAU4 fishery.
Management settings will be adjusted on an annual basis, through a process that involves community input and integrates with the Minister’s responsibilities for ensuring sustainability under the Fisheries Act.
The plan, which has been prepared by industry organisation PauaMAC4 on behalf of PAU4 quota owners and divers, is a strong expression of industry investment in responsible, sustainable management of pāua stocks.
Six weeks ago industry representatives presented the plan to Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash, with supporting letters from the Iwi and Imi of the Chatham Islands (Ngati Mutunga and Moriori), the Chatham Islands harvesters forum, and the Chatham Islands Fisheries Forum on behalf of the local community.
The Minister’s response to date has been encouraging – after all, what’s not to like about industry accepting responsibility for its own performance? Te Ohu Kaimoana has also backed the plan. The high level of endorsement bodes well for the consultation process which is now underway.
It’s not only the Chatham Islanders who are looking forward to the approval and implementation of the fisheries plan. For many years the seafood industry has seen the fisheries plan provisions in section 11A of the Fisheries Act as an excellent, but sadly underutilized, opportunity for the industry to exercise its harvesting rights in a responsible, coordinated manner. Close attention will be paid to the PAU4 fisheries plan in the expectation that it will set a positive precedent for inclusive, more sophisticated management of New Zealand’s fisheries.
This is the industries press release to explain the collapsed paua industry on the Chathams and fishers nation-wide wonder why the MPI were ever given the role of fisheries management? What the Chathams are asking for is smaller managed zones to reduce the pillage in some of the easier accessible areas.
We the taxpayers will have to pay for all these botch up’s while the culprits get off scot free and we end up with no oysters, less salmon, retarded kiwi fruit, no fish, our sacred trees are dying, no milk, our water is foul that is what we are not giving away and no wild animals in the bush.
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