The Ministers say “the UN General Assembly has already made it clear that establishing controls on the adverse impacts of bottom trawling are urgently needed, and we must accelerate efforts to get them in place".
“There is growing concern and too little known about the impact of bottom trawling on unique marine life and habitats, and we think the international community should proceed with caution, and look very closely at where this fishing method is used.”
Mr Anderton said New Zealand had a very good system of management within its own EEZ that ensured fisheries would remain sustainable and that environmental issues were addressed.
The issue of bottom trawling in the New Zealand EEZ is not being addressed. What is good for New Zealand in international waters, is not practiced within its' own waters.
Mr Peters said effective management in international waters could best be delivered through international agreements negotiated through RFMOs or through the United Nations.
“Since 2004, New Zealand has been prepared to support, in principle, the concept of an interim global moratorium on bottom trawling on the high seas, if such a proposal had sufficient global support to be practical and enforceable."
RFMOs only cover areas outside national jurisdiction. There is a lot New Zealand can do within its EEZ, and it can even stop its citizens from practicing bottom trawling anywhere in the world.
Greens Conservation and Fisheries Spokesperson Metiria Turei says the Government has a real opportunity to lead the world on promoting a global moratorium on bottom trawling, but it can only be taken seriously if it toughens its stance in our EEZ.