30 Jun 2012

Set-net ban in Taranaki

9:00 am on 30 June 2012

Some Taranaki fishermen say a new interim set-net ban to protect the dwindling Maui's dolphin population, will cost jobs and $15 million in regional income.

The Government says the existing recreational and commercial set-net ban will be extended along the Taranaki coast from Pariokariwa Point south to Hawera, and out to two nautical miles offshore.

Egmont Seafoods managing director Keith Mawson says if the interim ban becomes permanent, it could result in the loss of 50 jobs and $15 million in annual income for the region.

Forest & Bird and the Green Party say the ban does not extend far enough offshore and suggest it should be as much as seven nautical miles.