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Drug tests for fishing boat crew members

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">The government is putting up law changes that mean commercial fishing boats will have to have drug and alcohol management plans, including random testing.</span> © Getty Images The government is putting up law changes that mean commercial fishing boats will have to have drug and alcohol management plans, including random testing. Some fishing boat crew members will have to be drug and alcohol tested under proposed law changes.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has introduced the bill and says it means commercial maritime operators must have drug and alcohol management plans that include random testing for crew members carrying out "sensitive activities".

Maritime New Zealand will oversee the management plans and will have the power to do its own testing if it needs to.

"Many commercial maritime operators already have a drug and alcohol management plan," Mr Bridges said on Thursday.

"Making this a legal requirement will help ensure crews are consistently well protected."

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