September 23, 2022
Law change riles hobby fishers
Recreational fishers’ lobby LegaSea is warning the Government it will commit political suicide if it pushes ahead with its Fisheries Amendment Bill unchanged.
While the Bill is needed to move forward with a plan to out cameras on fishing boats, Legasea spokesperson Scott Macindoe, says it also includes changes which would enable officials to make unilateral decisions which undermine the sustainability of popular fish species such as blue cod, crayfish and snapper.
He says it favours commerical fishing interests over customary and recreational fishers, as well as environmental, marine and conservation groups.
He’s claiming the support of 600-thousand recreational fishers.
“Political suicide for Labour, I’ll tell you that for free. This is a direct assault on the most sacred and precious freedom you and I share, and that is the right to have abundant fisheries,” Ms Macindoe says.