[12 February/Stuff]

Commercial fishermen in Nelson have reinforced their support for an industry-wide code of conduct to stop illegal practices. Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive, Tim Pankhurst and Fisheries Inshore New Zealand Chief Executive, Dr Jeremy Helson, visited Nelson and laid out their six point plan, which was partly aimed at minimising illegal practices. Mr Pankhurst said that the industry conceded that it had not always got everything right, but was determined to do better. He added that educating people was a major factor. Local fisherman Sunni Parkin said that the code showed commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ but it would ultimately fall to the operators to ensure all aspects of the code were being met. More work is needed in order for the code to be fully operational, however it is a step in the right direction.