5 principles that you can support to help Tip the Scales to rebuild the fishery and respect the public’s interest in it.
1: Let’s rebuild
- Many NZ inshore fish stocks have been fished below the internationally recognised sustainability level.
- LegaSea says: Let’s adopt a target 40% of the unfished stock size as a minimum
- The New Zealand Harvest Strategy Standard expects fisheries to be rebuilt within twice the time taken to rebuild the fishery in the absence of all fishing.
- Fish that are currently being wasted are the first target of any rebuilding strategy.
- Trawling inshore waters wastes enormous numbers of fish every year. We have been refused access to a report that exposes this level of waste, despite several Official Information Act requests.
- Recreational fishers need to also develop ways to reduce waste.
3: Our fisheries
are publicly owned
- All the fish and mineral resources in New Zealand’s EEZ belong to New Zealand.
- The resource royalties generated from exploiting the public’s fishery resources are being collected by private quota owners – these quota owners are acting as if they own the fish!
- Government needs to impose a resource royalty and redirect these rents to the owners; the public
4: Equal size
limits for all
- In some fisheries commercial fishermen have smaller minimum size limits than recreational fishers.
- Size differentials are reducing public catch in an increasing number of fisheries, including snapper, crayfish, scallops and kingfish.
- This size creep continues for no biological purpose. It is a blatant way of transferring public catch to private interests, creating an unfair advantage.
- A US study found that a recreational caught fish is worth 69 times more to the national economy than a commercially caught one.
- We must establish a value for recreational fishing in New Zealand so that Ministerial decisions can be balanced according to the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of our people and country.