The graph shows the decline of the fishery since before the QMS was introduced
The NZ export fishery is no longer a sustainable option for our country. From as far back as 1940 our wild fish stocks have been in decline. Before the mid-1980’s when the Quota Management System was introduced the commercial fishers caught as much as their fish holds could carry and then dumped a cod end full on the deck, before unloading at the dock.
The fish stocks were destroyed all over NZ in the inshore and deepwater fishery. This proved that left to their own devices the commercial fishers were not capable of managing their own industry and would if given half a chance kill the last surviving fish to earn five more dollars.
The introduction of the QMS made most of the commercial fishing practices, like fish dumping and high grading illegal rather than just wasteful and immoral practices as it was when commercial fishing was a free for all.
The QMS didn't change the catch method, the moral fiber of the commercial fishers or the corporate stakeholders.
So the scummy wasteful practices of dumping large amounts of usable fish, trawling 100 metres of our beaches, towing trawl nets thereby destroying the seabed and killing Dolphins, Sea Birds and Seals continued as part of the industry's standard operating procedure.
The commercial fisher’s constant criminal behaviour of unreporting fish catch is well documented and has destroyed much of our fishery to below 40% of the natural biomass.
When the commercial industry lie about how healthy the Hoki fishery is and we find out it has collapsed, it is only justice that they have destroyed their own deep sea wild fishery.
We look forward to sending the published Hoki stock level results to all the export customers that have been misled by the commercial fishers, who tricked the Marine Stewardship Council into giving Hoki the green tick of sustainability.
The commercial fishing stakeholders seem to think that if they print good news or put on a TV show with a TV host that most recreational fishers now despise, that the fishery is ok.
They have once again been caught in another lie.
No NZ fishing company has the right to put a green Dolphin on any of its products while the Maui Dolphin is near extinction. The same spineless commercial fishing scumbags in NZ have fished the Tarakihi down to an estimated 17% of its biomass.
There are Crayfish, Bluenose and Paua stocks in decline.
The deliberate overfishing of our inshore fishery by the commercial export fishers is no better than having gang members rob your house of all its assets.
The overfishing of a public fishery for export profit that has a sustainable limit set is theft. Overfishing through waste, misreporting or high grading is an immoral act deliberately committed by people with no conscience or regard for others.
As a result these people only feel sorry when they get caught. There is hardly any part of the fishery that has not been repeatedly smashed and grabbed by our commercial fishers.
If Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash did the right thing by the NZ fishery he must put up the excepted sustainable level of biomass to 70% as it should be rather than the ridiculous 40% as it is now.
And Nash should close all those fisheries fished below that level that go for commercial export.
The commercial exporters have fished our entire fishery down so low that basically the entire fishery would be closed to commercial fishers. That brings us in a full cycle to the science based assessment that the commercial export fishery is no longer sustainable for NZ.
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