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Catching a fish for dinner is every New Zealander’s birthright. But in many areas, we’re losing it.
What can be done?
Ecologic is proposing these initiatives:
CREATE a right in priority in the Fisheries Act for responsible recreational and sustenance fishing, over commercial fishing;
ENABLE recreational fishing organisations to apply for an increased share of any fishery. This should be based on demonstration of need, and of good conservation practices by fishers;
USE fisheries plans to give local communities the right to co-manage particular fisheries where there are important local values at stake, eg Marlborough Sounds, Kaipara Harbour;
INITIATE a nationwide educational campaign in support of conservation-oriented fishing practices;
CONTROL unwanted discharges from land where it affects fisheries, by using powers in the Resource Management Act.
Ecologic believes a way can be found to do these things, which can get results while recognizing existing interests in our fisheries.
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