30 Apr 2009

Less bureaucracy wanted for fishing industry

11:54 am on 30 April 2009

Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley has told commercial fishing companies that he wants an industry with less bureaucracy during tough economic times.

The minister is in Dunedin at the annual general meeting of the Federation of Commercial Fishermen.

Mr Heatley said there had been too many high level meetings in the past and not enough progress made.

He said savings of $3 - $4 million are needed during the 2009 - 2010 period.

Mr Heatley told the conference that about half the work of the Ministry of Fisheries is funded by the industry, not the taxpayer.

He expressed concern at the amount of activity versus outcomes and said the ministry is looking at what meetings are useful and which are not.