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9:31 am, May 31st, 2016 - 26 comments
Categories: accountability, Conservation, john key, national, sustainability - Tags: fishing industry, fox guards henhouse, MPI, peter goodfellow
Well they would, wouldn’t they:
Government rejects ‘fox in the henhouse’ criticism
The Government is rejecting claims its monitoring of over-fishing has been compromised by awarding a contract for video surveillance to a company owned by the fishing industry.
Greenpeace says cameras to be installed on fishing boats to monitor their activities will be run by a company called Trident, which is part owned by seafood giant Sanford and a selection of other Kiwi seafood and fishing companies.
Greenpeace executive director Russel Norman said it was like “the fox guarding the henhouses”. But Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has accused Greenpeace of an “ill-informed beat up” and says it makes no difference who owns the cameras. …
Who owns the cameras is a nonsense distraction, the issue is what happens to the footage:
Trident only sends a summary of the footage to MPI, and it’s up to Trident to tell MPI if it spots anything suspicious.
So the industry is its own watchpoodle, which explains why we have massive unreported over fishing and dumping. Why isn’t MPI taking the actions that it should, when its own officials were somewhat aware of what was going on?
John Key questioned on National’s closeness to fishing industry
National Party president Peter Goodfellow leaves the National caucus room during any discussion about the fishing industry to avoid any conflict of interest, Prime Minister John Key says.
Mr Goodfellow has significant interests in fishing company Sanfords, which holds about a quarter of the total fishing quota in New Zealand.
Mr Key was asked about National’s closeness to the commercial fishing industry today after a contract to monitor the commercial fleet was awarded to a business whose general partner was owned by fishing companies – one of which is Sanfords. …
My my isn’t that cozy. So, it’s fine for the fox to guard the henhouse, says the fox.