March 11, 2014
Chain of waste to supermarket fish
A recreational and customary fishing advocate says allegations that supermarket owner Progressive is dumping tonnes of whole fish is just one link in a chain of waste and destruction.
Footage aired on Maori Television’s Native Affairs programme showed bins of fish at a Tuakau rendering plant that had come from Progressive’s Penrose plant that processes fish for Countdown supermarkets.
Scott McIndoe from the Hokianga Accord says the dumping pales before the waste involved in catching the fish.
"If you’re going to buy fish from the supermarket, you might as well be standing on the deck of the trawler shoveling thousands of small fish over the sides because they don’t fit the consumer model. That’s the harsh reality. There’s no kaitiakitanga. There’s no respect in this supply chain, what we call supermarket fish," he says.
Scott McIndoe says it’s time for a review of the quota management system to see if it is delivering the best outcome for the fishery.
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