New Zealand First has questioned the reasons behind the Green Party policy of locking up 20% of New Zealand’s fisheries.
"If implemented, the Green policy would be extremely damaging to our fishing industry and national economy," said New
Zealand First Northland candidate Ian Walker.
"Too much so-called environmental protectionism in New Zealand is based on a religious belief rather than sound
"It is important for New Zealand that we develop well researched sustainable management practices that allow our export
industries to thrive, while maintaining the long-term viability of the environment", said Mr Walker.
New Zealand First believes there is a need to improve our knowledge of the marine environment. In a shared management
regime New Zealand First will increase research resources into all forms of fishing – recreational, customary, and
"We believe shared management is the key, with government holding the ultimate decision making power," said Mr Walker.