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Environment - Marine

ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

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Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Jeanette Fitzsimons

Give equal importance to biosecurity threats to the marine environment as to those of the terrestrial environment
Consult fully with all stakeholders to develop a comprehensive marine protection strategy
Pass the Marine Reserves Bill in the first 6 months in office
Recognise the cultural and heritage functions of marine reserves, in addition to their ecological and fisheries protection function
Encourage the development of taiapure and mataitai/reserve initiatives searching for win-win solutions that respect both ecosystem protection and customary rights

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Trevor Mallard

Develop an integrated and comprehensive framework for managing the marine environment
Retain Crown authority over fisheries management, enforcement and relevant research, while developing a more co-operative relationship with commercial and recreational fishers
Maintain increased investment in marine research, to better understand the marine environment and human-induced impacts on it
Adopt a more comprehensive and pro-active approach to managing the environmental effects of fishing and do so on an ecosystem basis
Assess the appropriateness of, and the risks around, the use of maximum sustainable yield

Maori Party Tariana Turia  
National Party of New Zealand Hon Dr Nick Smith

Increase front line fishery officer numbers with a focus on combating poaching
Use a range of marine protection options that best satisfy all interests including fishing interests
Not introduce any form of recreational fisher licensing
Ensure that Regional Councils actively facilitate the creation of Aquaculture Marine Areas and that the Ministry supports them with expertise and information
Increase surveillance, with greater emphasis on marine biosecurity

New Zealand First Doug Woolerton

Work towards the New Zealandisation of our fishing industry and resources
Give urgent priority to the development of the Oceans Policy to provide a coherent and overarching policy framework
Promote a marine park concept that ensures that the measures needed in the preservation, protection and sustainable management of an area begins with the local community and develops integrated management of the total marine area
Develop a national policy statement on integrated marine fisheries management
Introduce permit fishery species into the quota management system and the consequential discharge by the Crown of its statutory obligations to Maori

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Hon Peter Dunne

Remove the Department of Conservation from the marine reserve application process
Ensure that recreational interests are properly consulted regarding any regulatory changes to allowable marine activities
Ensure that statutory Treaty of Waitangi fisheries management requirements such as those within the framework of the Fisheries Act will continue to be met
Investigate ways to mitigate the offshore sediment problem
EEnsure that marine reserves are not used as a fisheries management tool for harvestable species

You can find the policy positions of more parties by checking these websites.
Alliance New Zealand
Democrats for Social Credit
Direct Democracy Party
The Republic Party of New Zealand

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