July 06, 2021
Fish farming future as wild fisheries under attack
Former New Zealand First minister Shane Jones says iwi need to look at fish farming and aquaculture to make up for potential reductions in their commercial fisheries.
He says just one generation on from the 1991 Sealord Deal and the Māori Fisheries Settlement, the pressure is coming on the New Zealand fishing industry, where Māori hold a lot of their wealth in the form of quota.
That’s threatened by the powerful recreational fishing lobby and the Greens who don’t want to see a large commercial fishing sector.
"So for those of our whānau who are interested in marine farming, now is the time to ramp up efforts and if Māoridom are to cede their fisheries quota then the quid pro quo ought to be an expanded set of opportunities to create marine farming, fish farming, aquaculture enhanced estate," Mr Jones says.
Shane Jones says the threat to extinguish Māori rights established in the 1991 settlement is why New Zealand First blocked the creation of a giant reserve around the Kermadecs.
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