Ratbag fishing companies attempting to dodge the law

Just before the 2014 election Trevor Mallard did something unexpected and sat down with National to work out how to push through the ban on Foreign Charter Vessels fishing in NZ waters for NZ owned companies with NZ fishing quotas.

This meant that the law passed through after being delayed, much to the dismay of certain fisheries companies who had been using foreign charter vessels with cheap foreign labour to fish for NZ fish.

Now NZ First MP Richard Prosser is claiming that there are some ratbags in the industry trying to make it impossible to employ NZers on fishing boats, so they can import their own labour.

It is unacceptable that foreign-owned and controlled companies with New Zealand flagged vessels fishing in New Zealand waters are favouring foreign crews ahead of New Zealanders, says New Zealand First Fisheries Spokesperson Richard Prosser. ? Read more »

Environment Court gives powers to councils, government wants them back

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A landmark court ruling which allows councils to place restrictions on fishing is being challenged by the Government.

The Environment Court ruled in December that councils were able to impose fishing rules in their regions for the purpose of protecting native species. It was hailed at the time as a “very important” decision by environmental group Forest and Bird, who said it could be applied by councils across the country. Read more »

When will the Media party correct the facts regarding the fishing industry hit job?

Several weeks ago a group of Kraut eco-terrorists working in collusion with so-called scientists, including Labour party president Nigel Haworth, launched an attack on the fishing industry and on McDonalds.

Their attack centred on some shonky report that wasn’t even peer-reviewed with anecdotal evidence and no actual physical data.

Now the true story of these activists is starting to emerge but the complicit Media party has failed to hold them to account for their shabby and blatantly wrong report.

It is not possible to have a sensible science-based discussion around the Simmons report?(Simmons et al 2016) because the data and methods used remain unclear.

For science to be of value to society it must be impartial, transparent and repeatable. Their report demonstrates none of these hallmarks.

In early 2015, after the authors of the Simmons report publicly presaged their results, industry asked for a copy of their work and for the underlying data and computations. They declined. We subsequently found a copy of their ?draft? report on Pew?s website. Their ?draft? findings did not align with those in other publicly available independent assessments. Following this,?we met with the authors, provided them with copies of the existing work and invited them to have their work independently reviewed by a recognised scientist of standing, such as Sir Peter Gluckman.

To date, they have declined to have their work independently reviewed in New Zealand.

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Guest post – I am a fisherman, I am conservationist and I?m not a criminal


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I am proud to be a commercial fisherman.? The fish I have caught has contributed to the NZ economy and kept thousands of Kiwis whether ashore or at sea in employment, a roof over their heads, food on their tables and money to achieve their dreams.

And I?ve had a guts full of being slandered, called a criminal and my integrity questioned by NGOs, environmental groups and other such organisations with political axes to grind and the ever growing need for funding from Mrs Smith donating $5 a week from her housekeeping she can ill afford.

I know my peers throughout the industry feel the same way.? It used to upset me when my children came home from school refusing to eat their fish and chips because teacher said I kill Maui dolphins.? They?re old enough now to see both sides and form their own opinions.

I have never, ever deliberately discarded or dumped fish.? I have lost bags of fish over those 40 odd years through gear failure and because Old Huey, Manawydan Mac Lir, doth smote me mightily but those instances I can count on the fingers of my hands?with a few digits left over.? These accidental losses were recorded.

The deep water trawlers I am currently involved with are the largest on the NZ coast, which depending on the species, have a capacity of around 80-100 tonnes of DRE (dressed) or HGU (headed/gutted) frozen product over a 24 hour period.? If I?m fishing for southern blue whiting for example, 100 tonnes of frozen product equates to 165 tonne of whole fish before processing.

Since the introduction of the QMS, Glenn Simmons claims I have dumped or discarded 2.1 times or 210% more than I actually recorded as having caught.? He would have you believe I am actually catching 511.5 tonnes and discarding 346.5 tonnes back into the sea every 24hrs, day in and day out.

Doesn?t the absurdity of those figures ring alarm bells?? If not they should because I simply cannot catch that much fish; my ship, her fishing gear nor the fish stocks allows me to.? It?s just not possible. ? Read more »


Rodney Hide on taxpayers dollars funding attacks on NZ industry

Rodney Hide writes in?the NBR?about the fishing hit job perpetrated by German eco-terrorists, the President of the Labour party, Nigel Haworth, and the media party:

The University of Auckland was recently party to an orchestrated hit on New Zealand fishing.

A press release trumpeted ?New Zealand Fishery Catch Estimated at 2.7 times More Than Reported? with theirs ?the best estimate to date.?

Their estimate is not the best.?It?s junk.

The research paper was circulated ahead on embargo to opposition parties and environmental groups.?That maximised the hit.?The report?s partisanship was reinforced with one of the authors being Nigel Haworth, president of the New Zealand Labour Party.

The report also served to leak a ?preliminary investigation report? of compliance investigation undertaken by the government back in 2012 and 2103.?It?s not usual to have university reports leaking government material.

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The alarming use of a dodgy report used to smear our fishing industry

A bunch of ratbag German eco-terrorists are currently attacking our fishing industry and putting thousands of jobs at risk.

The basis of their attacks is a rather stinky report whose authors have jimmied and gerrymandered information and disguised them as facts. Worse still it appears that both the Labour party and Green party were aware of the report and that isn’t too surprising considering that one of the report’s authors was none other than Prof. Nigel Haworth the current Labour party president.

Like the manufactured housing crisis the Media party has been used to shill another crisis, this time purportedly in the fishing industry.

What has been revealed about the stinky report though is just how unprofessional and unscientific it is:

The Simmons report is a highly politicised document that has been embraced by environmental NGOs and the Labour and Green parties in an attempt to embarrass the Government and to weaken commercial fishing.

The report was strictly embargoed until 9.30am on Monday this week but was circulating among Opposition parties and Greenpeace over the weekend. Dr Simmons then broke his own embargo by appearing on National Radio at 9.10am.

The German environmental organisation NABU was aware of the report?s contents a month before its release and told Seafood NZ as much. ? Read more »

Organiser admits that anti-fishing campaign is based on lies, but doesn’t care

One of the organisers of the campaign, Barbara Maas, to put pressure on?the?fishing industry and McDonald’s has admitted in a Facebook post in reply to my challenges that the campaign is based on a lie, but she doesn’t care and it is all about exerting financial pressure on the industry in whatever way they can.

Worse she threatens to escalate their campaign.

It seems that the point of the consumer campaign, which focusses on hoki and McDonalds has been sorely misunderstood although we explained the this rationale to the CEO of the NZ Seafood Industry Council at some length when we met him in Wellington last month. We are well aware that hoki is a pelagic fish whose range does not overlap with Maui’s dolphins.

The point of the campaign is not to target the relatively small and primarily domestic market of the inshore fishery where Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins live, but to exert financial pressure the NZ seafood industry, which has denied there is a problem even exist. Every relevant scientific body (International Whaling Commission, IUCN, 200 scientists strong?Society for Marine Mammalogy, has been urging the NZ government to remove gillnets and trawling along the 100 m depth contour (approx. 20nm) year after year.

This is the biggest red flag scientist are able to wave, yet NZ has not only ignored their advice entirely but as we now know, has suppressed Maui’s and Hector’s dolphin deaths from coming to light. 3-4 Maui’s dolphins die in fishing nets each year (MPI and DOC data). There are now less than 50 Maui’s dolphins left. Unless something happens now, they will disappear within a matter of years.

Just to be clear: we have done everything possible to avoid a boycott and have talked to the industry and the government about this sine 2012. When we met the Seafood NZ CEO Tim Pankhurst last month, we reached out to him to give us a reason not to have to take this step. His response was along the lines of ‘Do your worst!”

For the sake of NZ’s fishery, its fish and its dolphins I urge every decent and honest fisherman out there to ensure this is resolved before things escalate further. ?

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Won a prize? Not if you can’t pass the lie detector test

A fisherman who caught a monster marlin has a bigger fight on his hands to get his $48,000 prize after being told he failed a lie detector test.

Dean Young was told to take a polygraph after the promoter of the Mega Fish competition refused to accept the catch was legitimate.

Mr Young, a 47-year-old former police detective, says he hauled in the 136.6kg fish on the first day of the Hawkes Bay Sports Fishing Club contest over Waitangi Weekend.

He said he was stoked to win the top prize – a new Isuzu utility vehicle valued at $48,000 which he planned to sell so the proceeds could be split between the boat’s four crew.

But event promoter David Baty from OddsOn Promotions told Mr Young he had to undergo a lie detector test before being awarded any prize.

We either have a boat full of mates led by a bent ex-copper, a really weird and possibly greedy promoter, or an incompetent polygraph operator.? Either way, I think the fun is well out of it.? Read more »

Government creates marine park in Hauraki Gulf, allows some commercial fishing

The?government has made the right decision in declaring the Hauraki Gulf a marine park and placing restrictions on commercial harvesting of popular recreational fishes.

Some commercial fishing will be allowed in a proposed new marine park for recreational fishing in the inner Hauraki Gulf.

However, the Government plans to banish commercial operators from catching fish that are popular with recreational fishers, including snapper, kahawai and john dory.

More details on the controversial Hauraki Recreational Fishing Park have been released today in a discussion document that covers wider reform to marine protection legislation.

The new recreational fishing parks will cover parts of the inner Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds. ? Read more »

Just sink one already

It is good we are getting some prosecutions but given the paltry fines incurred it won’t stop illegal fishers.

They will just see the fines as a cost of business.

Prosecutions against those behind fishing vessels that tangled with the New Zealand navy have been hailed as a “giant step forward” by Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

Spanish authorities will bring prosecutions against against those responsible for fishing vessels – the Kunlun, Yongding, Songhua and Tiantai – associated with the Vidal Armadores syndicate.

“While it is too early to declare victory, these prosecutions are a major step forward and the product of unprecedented levels of cooperation between a range of Governments since January,” Mr McCully said. ? Read more »