New Zealand Continues To Disregard Biodiversity Targets, Lobbies For More Bottom Trawling

Date: January 20, 2021

Source: Scoop.NZ
Author: Greenpeace NZ

New Zealand is fast developing a reputation as a South Pacific vandal, says Greenpeace, as the government continues to fight against increased ocean protection.

At the upcoming meeting of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO), starting on January 26, the New Zealand delegation looks set to stand alone in arguing for minimal protection of seamounts, which are important biodiversity hotspots.

New Zealand will also argue to increase orange roughy catch, a slow-growing fish species caught through bottom trawling.

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