David Parker moves forward with changes in fishing, Labor document says
Oceans and Fisheries Minister David Parker plans to move forward with plans to install cameras on boats and take a more “holistic” approach to fisheries, according to documents obtained by the ACT party .
ACT chief David Seymour said the document, which describes seven documents Parker will present to Cabinet shortly, came from a backbench Labor MP.
Seymour said it shows a lack of democratic thinking on the part of Parker, who consulted his political colleagues before speaking to the industry.
“Parker plans to present to Cabinet seven documents outlining a series of initiatives,” Seymour said, including “new marine reserves and mandatory surveillance of boats in New Zealand waters with cameras.”
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“The minister appears to have consulted Labor MPs before consulting the industry.
“Fortunately, a backing Democratic and helpful Labor MP allowed us all to get him out of caucus, getting him to the ACT party,” Seymour said.
The articles examine topics such as creating “a more selective fishery underpinned by transparent and accountable commercial fishing practices”, noting that the portfolio’s new title is “oceans and fisheries”, rather than just “fisheries”.
Parker also intended to launch an investigation into the use of migrant labor in the fishing industry.
Another document will seek to create a “sanctions regime for the illegal discarding of fish”, which will be monitored by cameras on fishing vessels.
The scheme would mean that “fishermen are penalized in proportion to their infringements and that enforcement measures can be applied with more certainty and effect”.
Another Cabinet document will examine a funding model for cameras and plans for their deployment in the inshore fishing fleet.
The cost of the cameras would at least be partially recovered from the industry itself. This would attempt to offset the proposed additional funding for the plan of $ 10 million over four years.
“The current maximum penalty for the most serious offense will be maintained, with the addition of a new graduated penalty model for criminal offenses and offenses,” the newspaper said.
Another document seeks to advance the Sea Change project to clean up the Hauraki Gulf, a commitment in Labor’s 2020 manifesto. Thing understands that the invitations for this announcement have already been issued.
A spokesperson for Parker said the document was a “prepared briefing for caucus members before Cabinet decisions are made.”
“When Minister Parker has decisions to announce, he will announce them – in the days and weeks to come. “