by Staff Reporter

West Coast fishing

It was a mistake to take away the livelihoods of the fisherman on the West Coast, says Joemat-Pettersson

Minister Joemat-Pettersson believes her department made a mistake taking fishing rights away from West Coast fisherman
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Joemat-Pettersson admits that taking the livelihoods away from the fishing communities of the West Coast was a mistake.

“I would never want to jeopardise the development or our economy so I wouldn’t want to jeopardise big fishing companies but likewise we made a huge mistake when we took away the fishing quotas from the communities along the West.

Even though I am exposed by doing this I’m chartering the small scale fishing policy which will be implemented this year. There are long-term rights which will come to an end and new allocations will be made in 2013 to small scale fishing communities which must be re-established along the West Coast.

When we took away the quotas from communities all along that West Coast, we killed those communities and those were traditional fishing communities.

The economy of those coastal towns can only be restored if those communities have their economic opportunities returned to them.”

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