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New Zealand introduces plan to put camera aboard all its fishing vessels by Bernadette Carreon September 09,2020   |  Source: SeafoodSource

New Zealand’s government last week announced plans to put cameras on board 345 fishing vessels, a plan that will cost more than NZD 40 million (USD 27 million, EUR 23 million).

In a press statement, New Zealand Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said the introduction of on-board cameras will be across the nation’s inshore fishing fleet. He said the government will provide at least a portion of the funding required to install and operate the cameras, but “the precise amount will depend on the business case put together by officials for Cabinet sign-off..”

“The proposed operating model would then have to be tested in the market and negotiations would be subject to a degree of commercial confidentiality,” he said. “Wider use of on-board cameras will enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a producer of premium, sustainable, and trusted seafood.”

The increase in the use of on-board cameras is supported by the current coalition government and is aimed at providing more transparency in the fisheries, Nash said.

“The rollout of on-board cameras is another step to modernize the fishing industry. Cameras will improve fisheries management information and provide the transparency demanded by domestic and international markets,” Nash said. “The decision also


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