A lot of effort went into developing
an alternative solution and the Accord’s
was presented to the Select Committee in early
August. MFish has already rejected those suggestions in favour
of the current amendment. It seems they are quite happy to
allow today’s generation to flog our fisheries at the
expense of future generations.
There is no logical reason why the Minister cannot make an
interim decision this year and start an in-depth review process
that will include considering the impact of such drastic measures
on our mokopuna/grandchildren.
People are struggling to catch
a feed now, what will happen under such an extreme maximum
Section 13 is the key sustainability measure applied to most
of our inshore fisheries. This amendment is not about an urgent
requirement to set catch levels for a couple of deepwater
fish stocks. It is about denying every New Zealander the right
to healthy fisheries and the ability to feed our kids.
Hasty legislation rarely delivers good outcomes. We should
make haste slowly.
This issue will be hotly debated at the next Hokianga Accord
hui on September 4th and 5th at Te Tii marae, Waitangi. All
welcome – please call Shelley Naera on 0275 872466 for
more details if you would like to attend.