How should the Government deal with the issue of a threatened fishery like Snapper One? There are three ways of approaching this issue, and because of these different perspectives people often end up taking past each other, with the debate containing more heat than light. Firstly there is the view that New Zealanders have a […]
Recreational group need to purchase quota from fishing industry. As predicted, the Government has kicked for touch on the controversial issue of snapper in the Hauraki Gulf. After sending the Ministry of Primary Industries out as cannon fodder with an extreme proposal to cut daily bag limits to 3, the Government was able to look […]
The recent furore over snapper fishing in the Hauraki Gulf should serve as a wake-up call for recreational fishers. This is not a David v Goliath story about big business squashing the poor little fisher. It is a symptom of an outdated approach to rec fishing, held in place by an ignorant belief that recreational […]
Recently the green NGOs accused the Government of siding with the fishing industry when they refused to back a United States proposal for marine protection in the Ross Sea. Is the Government kowtowing to industry as they suggest, or is this yet another green own goal? The US proposal preferred by the greenies is not […]
The following is an email exchange between Myself and Peter Young, Director of “The Last Ocean”. We are both focussed on how to stop fishing in the Ross Sea Region, but each have a very different approach on how to achieve that end. Article continues below…. [space height="10"] [message_box title="Gareth" color="#fff"] Hi Peter, I enjoyed […]
Peter Young used to plunder and exploit fisheries with no regard for their sustainability. Then he was “born again”. Sometimes there is nothing worse. I admire his current campaign to “lock up” the Ross Sea region so there is no fishing there at all. In fact I’d like huge tracts of the world to be […]
With the start of the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission, it is timely to revisit the issue of whaling and New Zealand’s recent attempt at a compromise position.
The Government plans to turn aquaculture into a $1 billion industry. This is a noble goal, but there are only a few places suitable for intensive aquaculture in New Zealand.
Fishing for Antarctic Toothfish in the Ross Sea is estimated to earn New Zealand $20 million to $30 million each year. It is a highly controversial fishery and is currently the subject of a debate over marine protection.
Cost cutting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has sparked debate. Is this tax dollar really better left in our pocket or does MFAT really offer a return on its spending? Offering a full cost benefit of something like MFAT is a huge undertaking, and beyond what we can achieve here.