The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 is our opportunity to get serious about saving our majestic albatrosses, penguins, petrels and other seabirds. Your support for stronger action will make a difference.
Submission to Fisheries New Zealand
I support strong action to protect our seabirds. New Zealand’s seabirds are in crisis, and Fisheries New Zealand estimates up to 14,400 could be killed unnecessarily in commercial fishing nets and on longlines every year. Many fishers are trying to do their best but others are letting them down.
Past voluntary action plans have failed to reduce the rate of seabird deaths. We need to act now or it may be too late for some of the 90% of our seabird species edging closer to extinction. The NPOA needs to include:
- A Zero Bycatch Goal with year on year reductions to reach negligible bycatch by 2025
- Binding actions and rules with with consequences for non-compliance.
- Fishers must be required to use all available tools to deter seabirds from their fishing gear in line with international best practice.
- There must be cameras or observers on all commercial fishing boats to ensure all fishers meet their obligations.
- Set netting in the habitat of threatened species like hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins) must end. There is no seabird deterrent for set nets.
New Zealand is known as the seabird capital of the world and a stronger National Plan of Action is our chance to live up to the title and ensure our fishing industry is trusted to be doing the right thing.
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