10 Jun 2020

Rescue Fish - The proposal to overhaul New Zealand's fisheries

From Nine To Noon, 9:07 am on 10 June 2020

A plan to radically overhaul New Zealand's fisheries system proposes the Crown buy back all commercial quota shares, set up a resource rental payment and allow for independent monitoring of commercial fishing operations.

The QMS was set up in 1986 as a way to stop the depletion of fish stocks, but that hasn't stopped concerns over biodiversity loss in New Zealand's marine environment.

Not-for-profit group LegaSea has pulled together a proposal called Rescue Fish that it says would overhault a "broken" QMS and stop the depletion of fish stocks.

Joining Kathryn to talk about it is programme lead Sam Woolford, principal economist at the New Zealand Institute for Economic Research Peter Wilson and Jeremy Helson from industry body Seafood New Zealand.

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