Fishing boat proposal labelled industry 'subsidy'

Fishing boat proposal labelled industry 'subsidy'
A final fishing industry transformation plan is currently being developed. (Image: Getty)
Oliver Lewis
A proposal for the government to support the renewal of the inshore fishing fleet has been branded as an inappropriate handout. However, industry body Seafood New Zealand said a collaborative approach between the industry and government will bring economic benefits to NZ.Its CEO, Jeremy Helson, said vessel owners and quota holders should pay the lion’s share for new boats, but government support to establish and bolster a domestic boatbuilding industry was an important catalyst.“Government and industry working collaboratively w...

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