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Every New Zealander has a right to fish to feed their families and sustain themselves.
Since the Soundings debate in 2000/01 option4 has been strongly opposed to licencing of amateur fishers. At that time over 100,000 New Zealanders supported the principle of no licencing. We do not believe the public’s attitude has changed much since that time.
There are a multitude of other questions arising from this proposal. Those are still being debated.
option4’s view is that it is not lack of a single ‘peak’ body that is the problem. The core issue is a lack of fish in the places we normally fish.
This has happened because of a loosely worded 1996 Fisheries Act, a poorly implemented quota management system and the creation and monopolisation, of private property rights in the public’s fisheries.
Highly efficient corporate interests are now vying for access to the same fisheries that local commercial and non-commercial fishers target. Management of many popular inshore fisheries relies on ‘science’ funded by these corporate interests.
Therefore, creating an over-arching representative body is a distraction. We should be addressing the need for more abundant fisheries.
Long-term benefits for the public will arise from remaining focused on fixing fundamental flaws in the quota system and the Fisheries Act, to enable the Minister to be more precautionary when setting catch levels for commercial exploitation.
option4 would appreciate your feedback on this issue. Email email@example.com or call Trish Rea on 09 8186205.