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Reaction to a new report on NZ's fisheries

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/05/2016

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT A NEW REPORT ON NZ'S FISHERIES

* "The new fisheries catch data suggests a gross under-reporting of actual catch, which would mean a significant amount of by-catch is being discarded" - Labour's environment spokesman David Parker

* "The government can't claim that our fisheries management is sustainable when it clearly has no idea how many fish are being taken" - Green Party primary industries spokeswoman Eugenie Sage

* "Our fisheries management system is ranked amongst the best in the world. Careful, science-based fisheries management has achieved that. We will review any pertinent information to add to the body of knowledge we have on our fisheries and, noting our concerns around methodology, we will look to see what can be learnt from this report" - MPI's director fisheries management Dave Turner

* "It looks like the ministry charged with looking after our oceans has instead been looking after the fishing industry - it's completely shocking" - Greenpeace NZ executive director Russel Norman

* "Rather than focusing on unreliable information around commercial catch and discard size, predominantly dating back to decades before the introduction of the quota management system 30 years ago, we should be looking at filling the gaps in our current understanding of all catch in New Zealand" - Sanford CEO Volker Kuntzsch

* "The reports findings don't detract from the fact that New Zealand does very well internationally for sustainable fisheries. Most of the main fisheries are doing well" - Victoria University chair in fisheries science Matthew Dunn

* "Our (NIWA) analyses show that for 1991-2013, the overall discard rate from the observed part of the fishery - about 20-25 per cent of the total fishing effort - in offshore fisheries was 6.6 per cent. This is in stark contrast to the minimum 20 to 50 per cent reported in the Simmons report" - NIWA fisheries scientist Owen Anderson.

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