New fishing code of conduct introduced in Dunedin

A fishing code of conduct has been introduced in Dunedin as the industry works to better its reputation and levels of public trust. The code makes clear the industry does not condone illegal behaviour, will work with the Government and others to develop policies to ensure it is sustainable, and work to minimise effects on the marine environment.

It promises to continue to invest in science and innovation, look after its people and treat them fairly. Port Chalmers Fishermen’s Co-operative president Ant Smith said 24 fishermen attended a meeting in Careys Bay last week to hear about the code. The idea was to get all “on board and committed to following the principles”. Mr Smith said the code of conduct was about fishermen’s commitment to the fishery, the community and stakeholders.

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