February 02, 2015
Navy toothless over pirates
New Zealand First MP Ron Mark intends to keep asking questions once parliament restarts about the navy’s toothless approach to toothfish pirates.
The HMNZS Wellington intercepted two boats in the Southern Ocean three weeks ago that were illegally catching toothfish.
But it was unable to board the boats, which were sailing under false flags, and it broke off the chase because of concerts its fuel was running low.
Mr Mark says the Wellington should have fired a shot across the bows and detained the boat, and its inaction makes New Zealand a laughing stock.
" We are really good at putting on tv in New Zealand, Coastwatch, and telling everybody how we catch all the whanau illegally taking paua and illegally taking crayfish but, when it comes to dealing with foreign poachers, who are raiding the Antarctic in those pristine waters, inside a protected area. When we talk about people taking fish and not complying with the standards and regulations that our fishermen, who are down there at the same time catching them legally are required to, we just stand and watch them sail away " he says.
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