Greenpeace Criticizes Contracting Onboard Monitoring Cameras and Analysis to Trident

Greenpeace Criticizes Contracting Onboard Monitoring Cameras and Analysis to Trident

Should a commercial fishing company be made responsible for monitoring what goes on board the commercial fishing vessels? Greenpeace leader Russel Norman says, it is like "the fox guarding the henhouses".

Greenpeace has criticized Ministry for Primary Industries for rolling out cameras on fishing vessel which is supplied as well as monitored by Trident for the fishing industry. The company is owned by Sanford and thirteen other seafood and fishing companies in New Zealand.

The news was confirmed by Nathan Guy, the minister for MPI. So it is clear that indeed the fishing industry is responsible for analyzing the video surveillance that comes from its own trawlers and reports any suspicious behavior to the regulators.

Norman said, "The Government has awarded the contract to monitor fishing companies to an entity owned and controlled by the very same fishing companies."

According to the minister, Trident which is very much a part of the industry analyzes the footage it gets from the trawlers to decide what should be reported to the MPI.

Guy said, "Trident does the summary, they alert MPI if there's anything they see that's suspicious."

Executive Director of Greenpeace New Zealand, Russel Norman says that makes things worse as the government has given out the contract and analyzing task to the industry with Nathan Guy and Prime Minister John Key defending it.

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