We need cameras on all fishing boats, period. We also need independent observers on all vessels to stamp out common practices that, research shows, are killing protected species.
The fishing lobby has fought very successfully 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 which are a poor replacement for meaningful legislation.
We need our Government to be brave and stand up for sea life. This includes the protected maui dolphin, as well as beautiful sea birds like 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 a polite email to the Minister for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Hon David Parker, and let him know why you support the need for compulsory cameras and observers on New Zealand commercial fishing boats.
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