Issues and debates
Healthy debate followed the New Zealand Recreational Fishing Council’s discussion to change how amateur fisheries and fishermen are managed. This would lead to the establishment of a statutory body and the Council would not rule out licensing.
More than 50% of Maori fish in the sea so taxing people fishing for food will have a major impact on our hapu and whanau. Maori already have enough diet-money related issues. Limiting access to a healthy food source does not make sense, financially, socially or culturally.
In a tag team-type presentation the implications of increased aquaculture development was discussed from both a commercial and non-commercial perspective.
Maori have a major commercial interest in developing aquaculture, but there are environmental and social issues associated with marine farming. The Accord will continue to monitor the progress of the Aquaculture Legislation Amendment Bill (No3).
Greenpeace’s Karli Thomas and Mike Smith presented some startling data on purse seine catch of tuna in the Pacific region and the latest protest activities against the potential deep-sea oil drilling in the Raukumara Basin, off East Cape.
Their contribution and that of many others to the two-day hui is highly appreciated. Feel free to download a copy of the hui report from here »»»