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Bill to safeguard sustainable fisheries

A New Zealand Amendment Bill to the 1996 Fisheries Act is so decision makers can take appropriate measures to ensure sustainability in fisheries and protection of the marine environment where there is a lack of information or uncertainty about a fish stock. It will better reflect the widely accepted international interpretation of the precautionary approach, as it applies to fisheries management decisions. This Bill is part of the Government’s programme to keep the industry sustainable. If the amendment passes the legislative process the changes will take effect before the Total Allowable Catches are set for each fishery at the beginning of the new fishing year 1 October.

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