With an election looming, a new survey by Horizon Research has found saltwater fishery policies are important to voters. A nationwide survey reveals most (79%) Kiwis believe bottom trawling and dredging should be phased out of inshore fisheries and replaced with selective fisheries techniques with just 3% wanting them to continue unrestricted while 18% didn’t know.
The survey included about 194,000 voters – 5% of New Zealand’s adult population. The research also found 68% of Kiwis believe conservation ocean fishing policies should have top priority or be given more priority than they do now, by political parties. The survey also showed 59% feel the commercial fishing industry has too much sway over government officials.
Legasea has been keeping a close eye on fisheries policies of parties.
“Sadly it’s not looking good. So far only the Greens have released a fisheries policy. Both National and Labour have suggested one is coming while ACT believes other issues are more important.”
With an election looming, a new survey has found conservative fishing policies will be a top priority for many people casting their votes.