Island Time 1,089 Posted September 29, 2022 Share Posted September 29, 2022 Last night I went to a presentation at the Gulf Harbor Yacht Club by Scott Macindoe of Legasea. I thought I'd post a bit about it here. It was disappointing to see only about 40 people there. Do YOU care about the health of our oceans? It's important - possibly critical - for the health of our waters. In Parliament RIGHT NOW is the Fisheries Amendment Act. In this, the commercial fishing lobby had managed to get a section basically removing any requirement for public consultation for changes to the QMS (quota management system) or the quotas. This means that effectively the fishing industry would be in control of their "own" resources, our fish and oceans. This is totally unacceptable - really the fox in charge of the henhouse. This bill has past reading one and reading two (with one to go) before becoming law. It is very concerning that our politicians have allowed such a terrible piece of legislation to be so close to passing into law. The Third reading is next week, and, if passed, will become law. YOUR rights to have a say would be gone. However, it is due to Scott (The Backbone of Legasea) and some others, and thankfully a Minister (The Hon David Parker) with some backbone, that the section of the act removing your rights was yesterday removed - at ministerial discretion. This is a HUGE win for Legasea and the others involved, and if it were not for them this would have passed into law with little public comprehension or awareness. THANKYOU to all involved in preventing this! So, if you care about fish stocks, public fishing rights, the health and wellbeing of our oceans, you should join Legasea (free) here https://legasea.co.nz/ and keep yourself informed. I also think its really important to understand the failings of the QMS, and our regulatory bodies, who are effectively controlled by the fishing industry lobby. To help in this the website https://rescuefish.co.nz/ and, if you have not, watch this doco, "The Price of Fish" Finally, Legasea is, of course, not funded. They could use any donation you can afford, $10 would be great. 8 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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