15 Mar '17, 12pm

Ecologist Special Report: New Zealand's Fisheries' Fraud

Ecologist Special Report: New Zealand's Fisheries' Fraud

Over the 60 years examined, the real catch was 2.7 times the reported one; and in the years since the quota system was set up 30 years ago, it was still 2.1 times. In other words, fishers had tossed overboard more than half their catch Until recently, New Zealand enjoyed a sterling reputation as a country so deeply respectful of its marine environment that in 2009 it earned first place in a study comparing the sustainability of the fisheries of 53 countries. But a later investigation triggered a series of revelations in the past year that uncovered a very different picture of how the country manages the ocean around it. The quota system adopted in 1986, it turns out, has led to excessive and wasteful fishing, the impoverishment of many fishermen, the gouging of consumers and the enrichment of corporations. And much of it was hidden behind a Potemkin Village of false offici...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2988759/ec...

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