Nash’s announcement of some cameras on fishing vessels is a disappointing back down on cameras on all vessels.
The previous National Governments proposal for more than 70 per cent of the commercial fleet to comply with an in-depth digital monitoring system was so corrupted that it would have made not an iota of tangible difference in protecting our seabirds, marine wildlife and fisheries.
Nash cancelled these changes because they wouldn’t have allowed any prosecutions they were so limp wristed.
While Nash is only proposing cameras on 28 of the more than 1000 commercial vessels in our fisheries at least they will be getting high quality equipment.
Once again we’re seeing who’s really in charge in this Government as we see NZ First staunchly against monitoring and its fingerprints are all against any proposed improvements or changes.
This improvement will do little to protect our vulnerable marine species and the bureaucrats in the Government need to take some ownership and introduce measures that will really protect the sustainability of New Zealand’s marine environment.