Fisheries Bill sailed off-course on streamlining proposal

Fisheries Bill sailed off-course on streamlining proposal
A bill to stop the illegal discarding of unwanted fish has become much more. (Image: Getty)
Jem Traylen
Stamping out the illegal discarding of unwanted fish is the key issue David Parker says he's fixing with his fisheries amendment bill.But while that is in the bill going through parliament, he's also taken the opportunity to streamline the clunky process by which the government decides how much of each fish stock is allowed to be caught (the total allowable catch or “TAC”).The bill sets up the rollout of cameras on boats and tidies up the rules on which fish has to be landed and counted against quota rights. It also introduc...

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