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Reaction to the fish prosecutions report

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/09/2016

What they're saying about Michael Heron's independent review of the Ministry of Primary Industries' decision not to prosecute fishers illegally dumping quota:

"The decision not to take prosecution action and in particular the process leading to it was flawed. The decision however was understandable and available in the circumstances." - independent investigator Michael Heron, QC

"We have already taken action to address some of the underlying issues and I will ensure that MPI takes further swift action to address outstanding matters identified in the report." - MPI Director-General Martyn Dunne

"Mr Heron's report highlights some serious issues that need to be addressed promptly." - State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes

"I'm disappointed with the flawed processes revealed. Mistakes were clearly made and this should not have happened. It is important to note the review found MPI acted in good faith, its processes are robust and its people experienced and professional." National Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy

"The ministry has to change its culture to do what it was set up to do - ensure the health of the marine environment and secure the long term future of the fisheries for all New Zealanders." - Forest and Bird advocacy and campaigns manager Kevin Hackwell

"The Heron Report is indicative of a much wider cultural problem within MPI, and with the Minister's and MPI's management of the fishing industry. There needs to be a much wider inquiry into fisheries management and the industry's influence over MPI." - Green Party primary industries spokeswoman Eugenie Sage

"It is obvious that the creation of the MPI 'super ministry' has been a failure for the fishing sector. MPI is underfunded and underperforming, drowning in bureaucracy and lacking true leadership from the minister." - Labour Fisheries spokesman Rino Tirikatene.

"If New Zealanders are wondering why it is so hard to catch fish these days, this report offers a simple cause, MPI is helping the fishing industry to cover up illegal systematic dumping of fish." - Greenpeace executive director Dr Russel Norman

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