Cooks discuss extention of fishing buffer zones

The Cook Islands news reports the Ministry of Marine Resources believes a 24 nautical mile buffer zone for all commercial fishing vessels is the most beneficial option and will ensure long term sustainability of local fishing.

The MMR’s Tim Costelloe briefed cabinet on the effectiveness of buffer zones to be considered under the new Marae Moana Bill. Currently, purse seiners are not permitted to fish within 24nms of any island, while the buffer zone for longliners is 12 nm for all islands except Rarotonga, which has a 24nm zone.

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