the Ministry of Fisheries arranged an urgent meeting in Wellington
where they proposed a change to section 13. Two Accord representatives
attended the mid-April meeting and returned with major concerns.
Legal advice received since that meeting has heightened the
An amendment is required to allow the Minister to achieve
abundant fisheries and a healthy marine environment while
ensuring there is enough fish left in the water for our mokopuna.
The Accord believes the MFish-proposed section 13 amendment
is a high-risk option that could have the reverse effects,
namely unsustainable fishing and adverse impacts on the environment.
On April 18th the
Accord wrote to the Minister
, Jim Anderton, requesting
an urgent meeting. The Accord offered to work together to
achieve an outcome that will give the Fisheries Minister the
legislative authority to set conservative catch levels, when