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Fishing industry faces camera rollout cost dilemma

Review of on-board cameras in NZ’s fishing fleet to take place as questions raised about who should bear hefty ongoing costs.

Debate is stirring on who should foot the $15m annual ongoing costs for electronic monitoring on fishing vessels.

Liam Rātana Wed, 24 Jan 2024
Key points
  • What’s at stake: The ongoing electronic monitoring of New Zealand’s fishing industry amid the rollout of onboard camera systems, with a focus on who will shoulder the significant ongoing costs.
  • Background: The New Zealand government, under former Minister Stuart Nash, initiated a $68m camera installation programme on fishing vessels for sustainable management. Concerns now arise over the ongoing operational and maintenance costs and how they affect the industry and taxpayers.
  • Key players: Shane Jones, Stuart Nash, Dr Jeremy Helson, Professor Liz Slooten, Sam Woolford, Spark Business Group, Ministry for Primary Industries, fishing industry operators and vessel owners.

A review of the rollout of cameras on board fishing vessels is under way, with taxpayers possibly having to pick up the bill for ongoing maintenance and operations of the electronic monitoring systems.

“The costs are onerous. The industry is already reeling under an onerous cost structure and

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Liam Rātana Wed, 24 Jan 2024
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Key points
  • What’s at stake: The ongoing electronic monitoring of New Zealand’s fishing industry amid the rollout of onboard camera systems, with a focus on who will shoulder the significant ongoing costs.
  • Background: The New Zealand government, under former Minister Stuart Nash, initiated a $68m camera installation programme on fishing vessels for sustainable management. Concerns now arise over the ongoing operational and maintenance costs and how they affect the industry and taxpayers.
  • Key players: Shane Jones, Stuart Nash, Dr Jeremy Helson, Professor Liz Slooten, Sam Woolford, Spark Business Group, Ministry for Primary Industries, fishing industry operators and vessel owners.
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