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Nathan Guy: Big reforms coming for fisheries industry »

There has been a lot of talk on commercial fishing issues over the last 12 months but much of it has overlooked probably the biggest reforms ever seen in New Zealand’s history.

This year we are going to see world-leading technology rolled out onto every commercial fishing vessel in the country, starting with vessel monitoring (similar to GPS) and electronic reporting from October 1.

This will be followed by cameras on every vessel beginning on October 1 next year, giving us arguably the most transparent and open commercial fishery anywhere in the world.

It will mean every fishing vessel can be monitored at all times, no matter where they are, and any illegal activity cracked down upon.

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