Labour’s fisheries policy will phase-in a requirement for fishing vessels to be at least 50% Kiwi-crewed – this would let the quotaholders charter foreign vessels, which would come here with a skeleton crew and take on Kiwis to do the fishing work – and at least 50% of processing would have to occur here.
It’s a good start that would, in effect, end slave fishing and create Kiwi jobs.
It’s our fish – it should be harvested sustainably to create Kiwi jobs with fair pay and adequate conditions. This policy will create thousands of jobs for New Zealanders, especially Maori who have been disgracefully let down by the iwi elite who run the quotas.
More importantly, the shame of slave fishing has to end and this policy will get us there.
It’s a bit surprising that the Greens’ sea and oceans policy makes no mention of slave-fishing.