All New Zealand commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with cameras and GPS systems by 2018 to try to stop illegal practices like the dumping of catches. The move comes in a draft plan released by the Ministry of Primary Industries about how it will change the way fisheries are managed.
The ministry has been facing accusations it is turning a blind eye to illegal dumping. It admitted last month illegal fish dumping was so widespread that over half of inshore fishers would go out of business if rules were properly enforced. Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy said a trial of the cameras had worked well and he hoped they would help stop fish dumping.
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