November 21, 2016
MPI consulting on flawed fisheries document
Te Ohu Kaimoana is opposing a government proposal to give recreational fishers a greater share of the total allowable catch.
Chief executive Dion Tuuta says the proposal is included in a consultation document just released by the Ministry of Primary Industries.
It also includes suggestions the quota system could be changed under the guise of promoting ecosystem based management.
Mr Tuuta says iwi were not consulted before the document was released, and the proposals would breach the fisheries deed of settlement.
"So even if they are just going out and testing the water with the public, we think ideas which could be taken up by other groups and seen as a good idea but which are ultimately detrimental to the deed of settlement, we think putting ideas out like that is a bad idea," he says.
Mr Tuuta says because the Maori fisheries settlement is now 25 years old, knowledge of what was in it seems to have been forgotten by the ministry.
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