Fishermen foul over net ban call

Commercial fishermen are fighting a push by conservationists to extend the set net ban into Taranaki waters to protect the endangered Maui’s dolphins.

Fish and Bird are calling for the Government to extend the ban into Taranaki waters. The ban now runs along the coast from the North Taranaki bight to north of the Kaipara Harbour.

But Egmont Seafood managing director Keith Mawson said the Taranaki fishing community was strongly against the ban which he says unfairly singles out their industry and would put their livelihood at risk.

On Saturday hundreds of Raglan residents rallied to protest against seabed mining on the west coast of the North Island noting that the area was home to the small dolphin which is one of the world’s most endangered species.

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