by Steffan Browning
It’s been a busy week. Before we get to comment about the Budget this afternoon I thought I would comment on the wonderful news regarding foreign charter vessels. It is great the government is phasing out FCVs and requiring them to be reflagged to New Zealand. Four years cannot come soon enough for workers suffering slave like conditions.
Observer coverage being extended to all FCVs in the interim is a good move but one observer is not enough – everyone must sleep at some point. Having multiple observers on all significant fishing vessels would be a much better option to ensure a safe workplace, good fishing practice and the sustainability of our fisheries.