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The public deserve the "true facts"

The former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, was known for saying it would be a mistake to keep the “true facts” from the public. Basically, we hope our political leaders and their advisors will follow Churchill’s advice. Regrettably, though, political expediency often wins out. In May 2016, Auckland University released a report regarding widespread historical misreporting of fish catches and discarding of unwanted bycatch. Our political leaders and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) advisors were quick to deny any big... Read more

Dr Randall Bess
Insights Newsletter
5 May, 2017
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Dr Randall Bess on The Overseas Catch and fisher exchange

The Overseas Catch: The state of recreational fisheries management abroad author, Dr Randall Bess, discusses his overseas research trip. He travelled to the Gulf of Mexico, northern California, British Columbia and Western Australia to learn more about how these locations manage their recreational fisheries - what worked well, what didn't and what can New Zealand learn? Read more

Dr Randall Bess
21 April, 2017
Fishing BC

Recreational fisheries face future quotas

Putting a line in the water is one of the more popular New Zealand pastimes. But here’s a harsh truth. Unless the management of recreational fisheries changes, fishers will face a steady decline in daily bag limits, increases in minimum legal sizes and shorter fishing seasons. The recreational fishing experience will worsen as will conflicts between the recreational and commercial sectors.The New Zealand Initiative’s previous report in this series, What’s the Catch? The state of recreational fisheries management in New Zealand, shows how maintaining an outdated... Read more

Dr Randall Bess
The National Business Review
21 April, 2017
Rec fishing

The unknown-knowns of government officials

Former US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, is famous for his reference to known-knowns, known-unknowns and unknown-unknowns.In other words, there are things we know we know, things we know we don’t know, and things we don’t know we don’t know.A seasoned government official might sympathise with Mr Rumsfeld, knowing that as policy reform enters the public arena, there are untold opportunities for known-unknowns and unknown-unknowns to appear, surprising a government used to working with known-knowns.In contrast, most academics thrive on... Read more

Dr Randall Bess
Insights Newsletter
21 April, 2017
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Rec fishing abroad - Newstalk ZB

The latest report in our fisheries project, The Overseas Catch: The state of recreational fisheries management abroad, was released today. Report author, Dr Randall Bess, discussed how recreational fisheries are manged in the four locations he visited (British Columbia, the Gulf of Mexico, northern California and Western Australia) on Newstalk ZB. Read more

Dr Randall Bess
Newstalk ZB
19 April, 2017
Douglas Myers

Tribute to Sir Douglas Myers (1938 - 2017)

Sir Douglas Myers, well known and respected for his business and philanthropic interests and recognised as such, died this last week at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer. Sir Douglas was also known for his lifelong passion for fishing. With considerable enthusiasm, he would talk about having fished for more than 70 years from Whitianga to North Cape. His keen interest in fishing was the impetus for The New Zealand Initiative’s fisheries project. Read more

Dr Randall Bess
Insights Newsletter
13 April, 2017

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