Radio New Zealand: Plan to install hundreds more cameras on fishing boats welcomed

Date: 9 September 2020

Last year, New Zealand installed cameras on 20 fishing vessels in fishing areas of high risk of interaction with Māui dolphins, and began requiring electronic catch and position reporting for around 830 boats in the inshore fleet. Following this success, the government has announced that it is funding a detailed business case for the installation of over 300 additional cameras, which could begin as early as next year.

The announcement has been welcomed by New Zealand’s largest seafood company, Sanford.

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said that if the wider use of cameras goes ahead, it would lead to a more modern fishing industry and a sustainable seafood sector: “The decision also supports the economic recovery for communities who depend on fishing for their livelihoods. As we respond to the impact of Covid-19 it’s more important than ever to position the country as a world-leading source of sustainable, trusted and high-value seafood.”

New Zealand’s example is a model one for the EU, as successful trails from around the world of electronic monitoring continue to demonstrate their value and make the case for healthier seas and more robust fisheries.

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