A Cook Islands NGO says a committee process to scrutinise a proposed fishing deal with the European Union was biased.
Last week, a committee's assessment of controversial plans to allow EU purse seines into Cook Islands waters was tabled in parliament.
The head of the marine resources ministry, Ben Ponia, says the ministry maintained its view that a ban on fish aggregating devices would have no conservation value and deny the country economic benefits.
The technical director of the Te Ipukarea Society, Kelvin Passfield, says that attitude comes as no surprise.
He told Jamie Tahana that after widespread protests and a 4,000 signature petition, he hopes MPs will listen and consider all sides.