NZ Cray and Paua are a delicacy that most New Zealanders will never taste in their lifetime. The local trade supply of both of these of these wild-caught seafood products is now at critically low levels. If you can find some to purchase, the cost is prohibitive.
That means if you want to eat Paua or Cray in NZ the only option is to catch it yourself. The commercial fishers and MPI are doing their best to slowly erode your rights and daily catch limits in an effort to supply the export market first.
The commercial fishers have turned their back on the supply of fresh seafood to the local population and they openly criticise the recreational and customary fisher for supplying themselves.
Also because of the constant whinging and moaning from the commercial fishing industry, now MPI want to change the bag limits and make recreational fishers clip the tails on the cray in an effort to stop the black market on Paua and Cray.
The bad news for the Minister of Fisheries and MPI is that the only people who like commercial fishing exporters are commercial fishing exporters. The black market fishers are well supported by the public because they supply Cray/Paua fresh at $20 kg.
The commercial fishing exporters have treated the NZ seafood consumer with such disrespect that black market fishers now resemble the likeable thief Robin Hood who stole from the rich to give to the poor.
The recreational fishers and the public, in general, have had a guts full of seeing truckloads of our inshore fish and shellfish being exported. The public is also sick of the stupidity of the govt and MPI bloody-minded support of the approx 0.025 % of our population that catch 96% of all our wild seafood.
It would seem that this govt couldn't care less about the other approx 4.8m people of this country or the fact that we now have to import huge amounts of poor quality pre-frozen seafood for our local supply.
This govt, like those before it will spare no expense doing everything it can to prevent the NZ people supplying themselves seafood from the inshore fishery.
MPI will never stop the black market fishers of NZ because they have public support and the commercial fishers don't.
It didn't take Robin Hood long to gather a large group of merry men to support his cause of feeding the hungry and showing respect to the underprivileged.
MPI and this govt are wrong, kiwis come first. Give the black marketer’s a quota for local supply. An easy fix.
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