fishers know their local fishing areas, have seen the damage
and indeed advocated against the adverse effects of silt-laden
land run-off and sewerage overflows degrading their coastal
waters for many years.
significant threats to biodiversity come from toxic algal
blooms, invasive species and seabed mining. Clearly marine
protection encompasses more than just banning fishing in
Impacts of marine
Maori and non-Maori
involved in the Hokianga Accord, the mid north regional
fisheries forum, know first hand the impact of marine reserves.
They understand that unless quota
is reduced fishing effort is displaced into surrounding
areas thereby depleting that portion of the coastline.
This while ignoring
the central issue of managing fisheries so there is more
fish in the water.