A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.
“Catching a fish from the rocks, beach or boat is not only a New Zealand birthright but a vital food source for many Kiwi families.
“However, that right is under attack by the National Government. Recreational fishers are bearing the brunt of changes to protect this important species.
“Labour wants to preserve our snapper fishery but in doing so will put the interests of recreational fishers first, not commercial companies.
“We will work with the recreational fishing sector to protect their rights and access. We will also carry out research on rebuilding snapper 1 stocks so waste is reduced and numbers are rebuilt faster.
“New Zealand’s fisheries resource is hugely important to our economy but it could be worth even more if we extract more value from existing species and products.
“That’s why a Labour Government will promote innovative ways to use our existing exclusive economic zone, fish new species and develop new products and markets.
“We would also extend tax breaks for the fishing sector which the National government scrapped in 2010. This will give the industry greater incentive to invest in the fishing vessels and equipment they need.
“To ensure our fisheries resources are protected for future generations, we must also build on our understanding of the marine environment.
“Under a Labour Government, the priorities of recreational and commercial fishers will be balanced with sustainable and environmentally-friendly practises to protect this valuable resource for future generations,” Damien O’Connor says.