May 15, 2013
Sustainability focus at fishing conference
The chief executive of Māori owned Aotearoa Fisheries says the industry has common cause with environmentalists.
Carl Carrington spoke at yesterday’s national Māori fisheries conference in Auckland about the state of the industry.
He says while companies face short term challenges with exchange rates and the need to renew their fleets, they need to convince the public that what they do is sustainable.
Aotearoa has a half share in the company Sealord, which has been under fire from Greenpeace over its fishing methods.
Mr Carrington says the sides are talking past each other, as they all want the same thing.
"I think we've got a fantastic opportunity now with everyone starting to realise we do have to reinvest in our fish stocks in terms of the science and understanding of it because we're in it for the long haul. Sustainability is actually good business economics," he says.
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