[10 August/ NZ Herald]

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council is calling on political parties to consider a new approach to setting policy. Council Spokesperson Scott Macindoe said five major policy requirements were produced after full council discussion about fisheries stewardship. The five requirements are: to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry into fisheries management and the Quota Management System; to amend the Fisheries Act 1996 to include an allocation principle; the removal of industrial fishing methods such as trawling, seining and dredging from the inshore zone; to establish a separate, well-resourced Ministry of Fisheries; and amending Section 13 of the Fisheries Act to deliver a minimum biomass target of 50 percent, in line with international best practice. Mr Macindoe said the Council would advise its members which party best supports their view.