Widespread dumping revealed in fourth MPI operation

Press Release – Forest And Bird

About half of 42 monitored inshore fishing boats were allegedly illegally dumping fish in a fourth operation by the Ministry for Primary Industries, referred to in the Heron Inquiry but not otherwise publicly disclosed. Read more »

Government Lack of Action on Fisheries Management Appalling

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The government is choosing to sit on its hands rather than carry out a Commission of Inquiry into fisheries management, says New Zealand First. Read more »

Benching Nick Smith first step to Kermadec solution

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Side-lining Nick Smith must be the first step in sorting out the Government’s Kermadec debacle, says Labour’s Fisheries Spokesperson Rino Tirikatene. Read more »

Environment NGOs: Labour needs to support Kermadec Sanctuary

Press Release – Joint Media Statement

Labour should be working to support New Zealands commitment to create one of the world’s biggest marine sanctuaries and protect sea-life for generations to come, said representatives of leading environmental groups today. Read more »

Protecting environment and upholding Treaty is possible

Press Release – Green Party

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has condemned the Governments handling of the proposed Kermadec/Rangithua Ocean Sanctuary. Read more »

Industry keen to resolve complex fisheries issues

Press Release – Seafood New Zealand

Returning fish to the sea is a complex issue that occurs in both commercial and recreational fisheries, says the Chief Executive of Fisheries Inshore New Zealand, Dr Jeremy Helson. Read more »

Sanctuary subject to international law obligations

Press Release – Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

In the discussion of the Kermadecs Sanctuary proposal, Maori and others are overlooking that any rights to fish are explicitly conditional on a binding obligation to preserve and protect the marine environment under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, … Read more »

Study lays out West Coast growth opportunities

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy today released a detailed report on the economy of the West Coast that outlines significant potential to attract new investment and diversify the economy of the … Read more »

Nathan Guy needs to sort out disastrous fisheries management

Press Release – Green Party

The Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy must step up and investigate failures in his ministry and fisheries management, which are allowing widespread fish dumping to threaten the sustainability of fish stocks, the Green Party said today. Read more »

The Nation: Marama Fox and Dion Tuuta

Press Release – The Nation

Headlines: Te Ohu Kai Moana chief executive Dion Tuuta says the Government has never offered compensation for property rights that would be lost by the formation of the Kermadecs Ocean Sanctuary, and he ruled out accepting any compensation Maori Party … Read more »

Friday fish dump stinks

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

This government has dumped bad news on a Friday to try to avoid political scrutiny in Parliament, says Labours Environment spokesperson David Parker. Read more »

Heron report shows MPI caught by fishing industry

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland, 16 September 2016 – The Heron report provides further evidence that the fisheries section of the Ministry of Primary Industry has been captured by the very industry it was supposed to be regulating Read more »

MPI chose not to prosecute fish dumping out of fear

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 16 (BusinessDesk) – Ministry for Primary Industry officials feared embarrassment in electing not to prosecute fishing companies that may have been illegally discarding fish, according to a Queen’s Counsel hired to conduct an independent review. Read more »

Kermadec stoush shows Māori Party double-standards

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Mori Partys reaction to the trampled Treaty rights and the Governments lack of consultation on the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary reeks of the same arrogant mismanagement of the unpopular Maori land reforms, Ikaroa-Rwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri says. Read more »

Ministry fails to control long-running illegal fishing

Press Release – Forest And Bird

The review of the Ministry of Primary Industries decision not to prosecute fish dumping and other offences over more than a decade shows the ministry urgently needs to change its culture, Forest & Bird says. Read more »

MPI needs to be overhauled following damning report

Press Release – LegaSea

The Heron Report into why the Ministry for Primary Industries did not prosecute fish dumping paints a picture of an incompetence. Read more »

Flawed fish dumping calls

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The finding that MPI failed to properly enforce the law even when it had evidence of fish dumping seriously damages the trust and credibility of the Ministry, the industry and this Government, Labour’s Fisheries Spokesperson Rino Tirikatene says. Read more »

MPI must stop letting commercial fishers off the hook

Press Release – Green Party

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must stop letting commercial fishers off the hook for illegal fish dumping, the Green Party said today. The comments come on the back of a report by Michael Heron QC into how MPI has handled fish dumping, … Read more »

MPI accepts fisheries compliance operations report

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Ministry for Primary Industries Director-General, Martyn Dunne, says he accepts the findings of an independent review conducted by Queen’s Counsel Michael Heron into 3 MPI fisheries compliance operations. Read more »

State Services Commissioner backs MPI response

Press Release – State Services Commission

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes is backing Director-General of the Ministry for Primary Industries Martyn Dunne in his response to an independent review into fisheries compliance. Read more »

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