Daily re­port­ing de­bate

The Southland Times - - Opinion -

I see that Fish­eries Min­is­ter Stu­art Nash has de­cided that daily re­port­ing of catches by small in­shore boats will lead to more ac­cu­rate and timely in­for­ma­tion and will help to make bet­ter de­ci­sions faster.

I be­lieve this is a fan­tasy as most fish­eries de­ci­sions take many months, if not years, to make.

Can any­one think of a New Zealand fish­eries de­ci­sion that has been made that was time crit­i­cal to a month let alone a day or two.

Even mid-sea­son quota in­creases take months af­ter the min­istry has sig­nalled that one will most likely oc­cur.

This is a sci­en­tists fan­tasy story that even if it could be made why would it need to be as changes in fish­eries take years not days to oc­cur.

I be­lieve the once a month re­port­ing that ex­ists at present is timely enough for any man­age­ment de­ci­sions as daily re­port­ing would be very ex­pen­sive for small op­er­a­tors as satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions would be re­quired as a lot of south­ern boats op­er­ate out of cell phone range.

The daily re­port­ing are only es­ti­mates as ac­cu­rate fig­ures can not be con­firmed un­til boats un­load to LFRs when they re­turn to port also most of the in­for­ma­tion supplied is filed and sits in raw form in the sys­tem un­til some­one de­cides to do some­thing with it

I be­lieve that the min­is­ter is do­ing his best to make the sys­tem as fair and work­able as pos­si­ble but I also be­lieve daily re­port­ing will open small op­er­a­tors to ex­pen­sive com­pli­ance ac­tion that is un­nec­es­sary.

Cyril Law­less

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