you to everyone who has contributed to the Kahawai Legal Challenge
done for a mammoth effort!
anticipation, the Kahawai Legal Challenge case proceeded in the
Auckland High Court in the week of 6 November before Justice Rhys
Harrison of the Auckland High Court.
Alan Galbraith QC presented argument for recreational fishing groups
that the Ministry of Fisheries had not advised the Fisheries Minister
of the social and cultural implications to recreational fishers
when selecting existing "catch-history" as the "best"
basis on which to allocate kahawai stocks between the commercial
and non-commercial fishing sectors.
The Court also heard a counterclaim by the fishing industry, led
by Sanford and Sealord Group Limited. The fishing industry
argued that the Minister had let politics influence his decision
in not reducing recreational bag limits as MFish had advised in
Crown Counsel was presenting a reply on behalf of the Minister and
the Ministry of Fisheries when the Judge took ill. As a result
the case was adjourned.
The hearing is likely to recommence in December.
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Kahawai Legal Challenge team
For a quick summary of
the case go to
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