30 August 2011
Fisheries management much more than just a FAD
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council claims that “Greenpeace is doing a great job attracting attention to bycatch
issues in these remote fisheries (tuna fisheries in the western Pacific Ocean)”. The New Zealand seafood industry
“The current Greenpeace campaign focussing on the use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in tuna purse seine fisheries
highlights the organisation’s unwillingness to understand effective fisheries management,” says Peter Bodeker, Chief
Executive of the New Zealand Seafood Council.
Despite quoting figures from the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) on bycatch rates, Greenpeace has
not taken up the opportunity to work with this group to make improvements to tuna fishing.
Mr Bodeker said effective fisheries management is primarily about ensuring catch rates are appropriate. “In New Zealand
that is achieved through the setting of quotas. For highly migratory species, like tuna, which swim through the waters
of many nations and international waters, good fisheries management requires cooperation through regional fisheries
management organisations. Regulations governing fishing practices, such as the use of FADs, may well be part of the
“The New Zealand seafood industry supports the effective management of these fisheries through the West and Central
Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and its own quota management system (QMS).
“It also works closely with credible regional fisheries organisations such as the WCPFC to look at ways of reducing the
bycatch of juvenile tuna and other species.
“We hope that the public appreciates that the key to achieving sustainable fisheries is about more than the use (or not)
of FADs as Greenpeace would have them believe.”