Conservation Minister Nick Smith launches Sharing Worlds -
Seabirds and Fishing at the Taiaroa Head albatross colony
yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Practical moves by fishermen will make more of a
difference to protecting New Zealand's sea birds than any
answers scientists or conservationists may come up with,
Conservation Minister Nick Smith says.
Dr Smith made the comments at the launch of Sharing Worlds
- Seabirds and Fishing DVD by the Southern Seabird
Solutions Trust at the Taiaroa Head albatross colony
The DVD features Otago fishermen and members of the
Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust working together.
Earlier this year, fishermen helped the trust tag penguins
trust field manager Dave McFarlane went fishing with Port
Chalmers Fishing co-operative chairman Ant Smith.
Dr Smith said the initiative set the bar high for other
industries to collaborate.
To make progress, people had to leave behind historical,
polarising stances and instead hold each other in mutual
respect, he said.
''It is crucial partners work together with such enthusiasm.
Being off in our own corners won't get us anywhere.''
Mr Smith said once both parties had ''forgotten their
distrust'' of each other, they found they had much in common
while doing the DVD.
''It was quite humbling to see the dedication and hard work
of Doc [Department of Conservation] and the trust put into
Mr McFarlane said it was a ''marvellous'' experience going
fishing for the first time and had enabled the trust to build
its contacts with the industry.
''This DVD ... will really help conservation in the South.''
The Southern Seabird Solutions Trust is a collaboration
between Seafood New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary
Industries, the Department of Conservation and Te Ohu