Cameras are currently being trialed on boats out on the Hauraki Gulf, one of New Zealand's most important fisheries.
The NZ fishing industry wants damaging videos suppressed but so far, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has only viewed 15.7 percent of all video received - roughly 87,000 hours which has identified more than 130 compliance issues - but so far, no one has been prosecuted.
Stuart Anderson, Director of Fisheries Management for MPI, said part of the trial was learning how the review process would work. But after continued viewing all the MPI is doing is making excuses to protect the industry which doesn’t wash.
They don’t need this much evidence to prosecute recreational fishers so why are they discriminating against them.
From what has been viewed, the offences have been stacking up.
Of the 133 cases of suspected non-compliance, six cases of fish coded as recreational catch when they were caught with commercial nets has been found.
Also not recorded were 44 cases of non-quota species being discarded, 14 cases of seafloor material being dredged up, four cases of seabird catches and 15 catches of undersized fish.
Nash is also part of the problem He said: “What we don't want to do is prosecute when we don't think we can win. Part of this is about educating fishermen and women about what our expectations are - what the law is."
Meanwhile every comm fisher is laughing at him.
Cameras on fishing vessels will need Cabinet approval first and the hold-up there while always be NZ First who have been receiving donations from the industry.
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