Set Net Ban Not Needed

Atached below in .pdf format is a SeaFIC press release from CEO Peter Bodeker stating that the increase in area banned to commercial set netting on the West Coast of the North Island is not needed.

The NZ Federation of Commercial Fishermen Inc. is bitterly disappointed that the Minister has again chosen to to take flawed advice from his officials and to reintroduce his original ban that was challenged in the High Court by the Federation and the inshore finfish commercial stakeholder organisations.

Once again, the livelihoods of commercial fishermen have been put at jeopardy for the sake of low risk conservationism.