- Courage Under Fire
Dear [ supporter ]
allocation - courage under fire
Some tough decisions by Pete Hodgson has seen the commercial sector
allocated a Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) of 200 tonnes
of kingfish, with 91 tonnes for KIN 1 (North Cape to East Cape).
This TACC essentially covers unavoidable commercial by-catch and
will, we hope, avoid development of target fishing for kingfish.
The public have had the minimum size limit (MLS) raised from 65cm
to 75cm. This size increase will be a real challenge for the public.
The big picture needs to kept in mind - more kingfish, bigger kingfish.
This "basket" of measures, if embraced by all sectors,
should see a rapid rebuild of this most important public fishery.
With the commercial fishing year starting 1st October, we expect
the Ministry of Fisheries to be embarking on a nationwide campaign
to inform the public of the new rules and reasons. The process paperwork
including the Ministries Initial Position Paper (IPP), various submissions,
articles and letters relating to the allocation process and, of
course, the decision letter can be read in full at Kingfish
Management. No doubt there will be much ongoing discussion
about these decisions.
Marine Reserves - Twisting the truth
option4 have been asked on many occasions, "Why are you against
marine reserves?". Marine reserves in the right place for the
right reasons would be excellent. Essentially we have yet to see
a marine reserve proposal that does not raise some, if not all,
of the concerns listed below -
* Inadequate consultation
* Poor process
* Lack of risk/ threat analysis
* Benefits overstated
* Questionable marine reserve ideology
* No measurable outcomes
* No - take zones forever
* Reluctance to consider other marine protection mechanisms including
customary Maori management tools
* Failure to consult with recognised representatives of the fishing
All we want is the truth. Is this too much to ask? We think
option4 will continue to protect the right of the public to fish
for food. We want those proposing marine reserves to recognise the
marine protection measures already in place, a prime example is
the Quota Management System.
For a progress report on current marine reserves proposals, please
Guardians of Fiordland Fisheries - the poison pill.
In January option4, and many subscribers, submitted to the GOFF
proposals to reform fisheries management in Fiordland. The Guardians
have released their summary of submissions which should have been
posted to all submitters in April. GOFF are determined to continue
their plan that will see the non - commercial fishers in this area
have their bag limits reduced and accumulation provisions removed
while the commercial sector take no cuts to their catch limits.
How can this be?
This is not good enough. This is another example of inadequate consultation,
poor science to back up their arguments and poor process. Standby
for a progress report.
Sea Cage Fish Farming
Don Staniford, a leading UK campaigner on cage fish farming is coming
to NZ. Don has first hand information on aquaculture impacts witnessed
in the northern hemisphere and Australia in the past 30 years. Kaiaua
Marine Farm Action Committee and Protect Peach Cove invite you to
participate in this informed debate.
Meetings will be held around the country starting in Auckland. On
Friday 26th September Don will be at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron,
Westhaven. Tickets $60 including dinner. On Sunday 28th September
at Long Bay Marine Education Centre. Please call Kathy Walsh on
09 2322 883 for more details or email: email@example.com You can
read a very interesting abstract on Staniford's
presentation (large pdf - 345Kb)
West Coast Marine Park
An article in the latest "Investigate" magazine, A Paradise
Conspiracy, will leave you with no doubts as to why people are opposing
a marine park from the Kaipara to Port Waikato. To make a submission
before the end of the month deadline go
here now » »
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services. Without support from concerned companies and individuals
option4 would not be able to continue the advocacy we have engaged
in over the past three years. Keep it up, your support is appreciated
by the public of New Zealand.
Regards from the team at option4