First they increase the number of endangered Hooker Sea Lions that can be killed as bycatch, then they voted down legislation to protect Hector’s and Maui Dolphins by extending the ban on set nets and now National are increasing the Hoki quota despite the minister for fisheries himself stating he is:
still unsure about the population’s viability.
That’s right. He doesn’t know whether the population is viable but he’s increasing the catch quota by 20,000 tonnes.
So what numbers is he relying on then? My guess is the number of donations made to the Waitemata Trust by the fishing industry