Sunday, January 17, 2010

NZ Government wades in on the Ross Sea toothfish ASOC objection

The NZ Ministry of Fisheries has posted (15 January) a Stakeholder Comment on the MSC website addressing the ASOC objection to Mood Marine's final report and sustainability determination:

The NZ Ministry cites the SC-CAMLR 2009 report and a number of 2009 SC Working Group reports in support of its claim that the ASOC objections are not consistent with the latest scientific information. 

As far as I can tell, these 2009 CAMLR documents are not yet in the public domain, which means it is not possible for members of the public to weigh up the objectivity of the NZ Ministry comments.  If these comments are taken into account by the Adjudicator, it means that the debate has essentially moved behind closed doors.

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