Ross Sea protection

September 6th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

New Zealand is likely to shift its position on protection for the in , Prime Minister John Key has confirmed.

Fairfax NZ revealed yesterday that a joint NZ-United States proposal for a marine sanctuary is set to be scaled back after pressure from fishing nations.

Key said today officials are working on a new plan, ahead of talks in Tasmania next month.

An earlier bid, for 2.3 million square kilometre reserve, was scuttled by Russia during talks in Germany in July.

“This is the second attempt to get change, and if we are going to get change we are probably going to make some alterations,” he said today.

Restrictions already exist in the pristine environment, but officials in Wellington and Washington have proposed the worlds’ biggest marine protection area (MPA) to protect pristine waters and overfishing of toothfish.

New Zealand has some fishing rights in the sea – the US has none.

Other seafaring nations – including Norway, Chile, Korea, China and Japan – oppose the plan.

It is a reality that if you can’t get agreement on a marine reserve as large as you want, you have to compromise as a smaller marine reserve is better than no marine reserve. This is not a decision NZ can make unilaterally. One dissenting country out of 25 can block it.

 

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10 Responses to “Ross Sea protection”

  1. Judith (8,532 comments) says:

    ‘Probably’?

    Key seems to use that word one hell of a lot.

    Still got the start spangled banner firmly up his jacksie, which is probably quite comfortable because he doesn’t seem to have any balls.

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  2. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    What in the hell are you ranting on about Judith??

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  3. PaulP (144 comments) says:

    Longknives, I think Judith is implying we should tell the other 24 countries (incl USA) to stuff off and unilaterally declare a marine sanctuary as big as we like.

    Then, we’ll use our vast world beating navy and air force to enforce it.

    Good one Judith, I needed a Friday funny.

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  4. Ross Nixon (614 comments) says:

    Will Ross see forever? I hope so! ;-)

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  5. flipper (3,947 comments) says:

    PaulP (101) Says:
    September 6th, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    Longknives, I think Judith is implying we should tell the other 24 countries (incl USA) to stuff off and unilaterally declare a marine sanctuary as big as we like.

    Then, we’ll use our vast world beating navy and air force to enforce it.
    *****

    Paul,
    A buddy in Melbourne sent me a great cartoon published in an Australian Defence Contractor newsletter. It was a commentary on the capabilities of the New Zealand Navy when Clark was in power (no better since, I add).
    Featured: 1 x 5m Al “Tinny”
    Armament: 1 x .50 Cal Browning MG, WW2 vintage.
    Crew : 2 = 1 x driver; 1 x M/gunner.
    Capability : Zero

    Not quite accurate, but to all intents and purposes…… , ’nuff said.

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  6. redqueen (553 comments) says:

    If we really cared, we would bother building a proper navy and start shooting at the bastards…Until then, bunch of fantasy nonsense.

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  7. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,832 comments) says:

    Fish Fingers have to come from somewhere.

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  8. Judith (8,532 comments) says:

    I know we can’t win this, but we could at least be seen to show that we don’t bend, that we stand by our principles. We could show that we care, and can’t bought. Sure, we are only one, and they will go ahead anyway – but we at least get to say ‘we did out best’, because like it or not, the Ross Sea is important. In years to come, when it does matter, and it will because they will fish the bloody place dry – at least Kiwis can say we voted against it – but no, instead we will be mindless leemings. That’s what sickens me.

    No one seems prepared to stand up for anything anymore. We’ve turned into a pack of limp wristed marshmellows.

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  9. Davo36 (35 comments) says:

    This is called the tragedy of the commons. While the parties argue, the resource is plundered and gone before agreement reached.

    The greedy ones win short term and everyone loses long term.

    But we tend to only think short term as humans.

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  10. niggly (816 comments) says:

    Not sure why the US is being knocked when they are supporting NZ’s initiative against a bunch of countries from the other side of the world that have over exploited and plundered their own fish stocks.

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