[12 June/ Radio NZ]

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says the cameras it is trialling on fishing boats will be used to prosecute illegal fishing. A leaked report written by two of the ministry’s forensic experts, said the camera footage being tested in a snapper fishery in Auckland showed the resolution was too poor to identify the species or size of fish. Greenpeace has accused Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy of misleading the public by promising the cameras could be used to prosecute illegal fishing. MPI Acting Director of Fisheries, Steve Halley said more advanced technology would be put on boats next year. The 2017 Budget allocated $30 million to the new fish monitoring and reporting system, and Mr Guy said it would ensure the country was the most transparent and accountable commercial fishery globally.