United Future and ORNZ
UF backs recreational fisherman
United Future will support the second reading of the Fisheries No3
Amendment Bill, conditional on the deferring of the introduction
of kahawai stocks into the Quota Management System, its fisheries
spokesman, Larry Baldock, said today.
The United Future Caucus today backed Mr Baldock's recommendation
to support the Bill at its second reading, despite an earlier recommendation
from the Primary Production Select Committee for the Bill to be
Mr Baldock said the decision comes on the back of substantial discussions
with Fisheries Minister David Benson-Pope and officials, resulting
in amendments to be introduced by Mr Benson-Pope.
"The Bill is needed and many of the most controversial points that
concerned the committee have been addressed," Mr Baldock said.
He said United Future would also table a Supplementary Order Paper
revoking the introduction of kahawai into the Quota Management System
"The advice given to the minister for the setting of Total Allowable
Catch (TAC) and Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) is unacceptable
to the recreational fishing sector and an affront to customary fishing.
"The submissions and appeals by thousands for a reduction in the
commercial catch of purse seine fishing vessels to rebuild the stock
seem to fall on deaf ears. I will be seeking support from all parties
for the SOP on behalf of all Kiwis who love to fish."
Paul Check, chairman of Outdoor Recreation NZ, the environmental
affiliate of United Future, welcomed the move, saying that it was
great to see the groundwork put into the kahawai lobby paying off.
"The average New Zealander's rights to fish for the table are finally
being upheld. This is an important step for all recreational fishermen,
and we must get the balance right. United Future, with the support
of Outdoor Recreation NZ, is playing just that role," Mr Check said.
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