The government has correctly bowed to pressure and banned foreign-flagged fishing boats from operating in our waters.
We don’t have too many posts praising this government, and to have 2 today may surprise some.
But credit where it’s due.
The labour, safety and fisheries concerns finally overcame “the bottom line”, and now all boats in our sovereign area will have to conform to our laws.
Decent pay and conditions (and jobs for Kiwis!); lower risk health and safety; and better environmental practices should follow. All to the benefit of New Zealand and New Zealanders.
Next step: let’s make sure those NZ fishing practices don’t wipe out Maui’s dolphin either…