[30 April/NZ Farmer]

The fishing industry is working to lift its image when it came to protecting the marine environment. The major fishing companies have developed a fishing code to help achieve this. Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive, Tim Pankhurst, said the code represented simple rules about how the industry expects all its members to behave. He added that most skippers were already complying with the rules. He noted that they wanted the code of conduct in every warehouse and boardroom in the country and for it not to be ignored. According to data from the Ministry for Primary Industries, a dozen whales, two orca, six hectors dolphins and thousands of seals had been caught by New Zealand commercial fishing vessels since 2013. Mr Pankhurst added that the industry had made progress since a few years ago. The industry would report annually on its progress.