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Government Backs Autonomy for Fishing Industry

by the Fish Site Editor
21 May 2010, at 1:00am

NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand Government has backed plans for the national seafood industry to take control of parts of its own regulation.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Phil Heatley endorsed the principles of the industry's Managing Our Own Ship strategy at the final day of the Seafood Industry Council's (SeaFIC) annual conference.

According to a report from BusinessDay , the industry has called for reform to give it more autonomy over its activities.

The report says it has claimed the Government and Fisheries Ministry should focus on setting clear standards on quotas and environmental restrictions, leaving implementation to the industry, leading to big cost savings and improved productivity.

The Government would continue to keep tight control of environmental standards but Mr Heatley said it was pragmatic about how the industry operated so long as it was within the standards.

the Fish Site Editor