A further response from Fisheries Minister David Benson-Pope (2004) basically stated the same Party line – which in short was; we are working on it.
In February 2006 I received a reply from the then Minister, Jim Anderton which gave me some hope that there would finally be some action. He stated: The Ministry of Fisheries is currently developing a National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (NPOA-Sharks) that the Ministry plans to release for consultation next year.
Finally, seven years later, an announcement has been made! Unfortunately the proposal will do nothing to limit the global trading of fin products; NPOA- Sharks is endorsing the practice and the trading of fin-related products.
In the proposal it states: A prohibition on the sale of shark fins has therefore (because of the global demand for fins) not been considered in this review.
What a joke! I would suggest a finning industry did not exist in New Zealand 20-25 years ago. Its not a Kiwi tradition! It is just another shameful practice within New Zealand that makes the Clean Green Image that the New Zealand Government constantly promotes to the world a complete sham.
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Scallops and Crayfish are Dangerous!
Tragically a diver recently ran out of air while diving for crayfish off New Zealands Coromandel Coast. This accident is a timely reminder as we enter our summer months to be very aware of our human hunting instincts. How often have you been hunting for crays or picking up scallops and you think – just one more and Ill head for the surface – just one more – just one more. It is deadly. Continually monitor your air and resist the desire for – just one more.
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