We need cameras on all fishing boats, period. We also need independent observers on all boats to stamp out common practices which, research shows, are killing protected species.
The fishing lobby has fought hard to ensure that cameras and observers do not stand in their way. They’ve also implemented training and other voluntary measures that look good on paper but are a poor replacement for meaningful legislation.
We need our Government to be bold and stand up for marine life. This includes the protected Māui dolphin, as well as magnificent sea birds like toroa (albatross). Everyone knows this needs to happen. If these threatened species are to continue to grace the oceans of Aotearoa, we need urgent action.
Write an email to the Minister for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Hon David Parker, urging him to install cameras and observers on all commercial fishing boats, without further delay.
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