New Zealand’s new government has signed up to a US-led plan to expand the use of fish and game caught in waters off the coast of California.
Key points:The plan aims to bring more fish to markets in the US and help reduce fish consumptionIn addition, it aims to encourage greater use of non-native speciesThe government says the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has developed a pilot program to monitor the impact of the programThe plan is a pilot project that is being rolled out in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
It aims to help reduce the consumption of fish caught in the ocean, the use by some countries of non native species and encourage the development of new technologies to enhance the catch and kill of fish.
The Fish and Game Conservation Association (FGCA) said the pilot project would see fish caught at a catchment site on the California coast monitored by the FWS, as well as in the waters off Oregon and Washington.
The government hopes to see the use and catch of fish in the Pacific Northwest increase by at least 40 per cent over the next five years, with the total catch of nonnative fish being halved to less than 2,000 tonnes, the FGCA said.
It said that while there were currently around 200 million fish and wildlife carcasses in the North Pacific, only around 500 million are used for fishing, while around 90 million are consumed for human consumption.
This represents an additional 50 per cent reduction in the use over the same period, it said.
The FGCC said the goal was to reduce the use, but also to encourage the use more of native species, especially species such as white and black bass, tuna, mackerel, swordfish and catfish.
It also said the fish industry would benefit from the increased use of species not normally found in the north Pacific, such as the bluefin tuna, which are more widely distributed.
“The FWS is working closely with the state of California to develop a pilot system for the fishing industry in California and Oregon that will be implemented in a phased manner,” the FWCA said in a statement.
The pilot project will be phased over five years and could see the number of fish taken in the northern Pacific Ocean increase from around 300 million in 2018 to around 1.3 million in 2020, the group said.
In addition to the pilot, the government is working on a new pilot program aimed at improving the use in the southern Pacific.
The aim is to see fish in California increase by 40 per in the next 10 years, from 1.5 million to 1.7 million.
The fishery was once considered a major source of income for the North American economy, but with the decline of the oil industry, and the introduction of regulations to limit the fishing, the fishing has also been a source of economic distress for the US.
The federal government has been working to reduce fish catches for decades.
The US is home to more than 30 million acres of protected marine areas, and it has invested billions of dollars to help restore some of those areas to their pre-fishing glory.
It is the largest single source of fish for the world, accounting for nearly 20 per cent of all catch worldwide, according to the FSCA.
The new pilot project is aimed at furthering efforts to tackle this problem, it added.