Commercial fishermen want greater consultation before cameras are fitted on inshore fishing vessels. It’s due to start later this year and be completed in 2024. The New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen president Doug Saunders-Loder,says two of the main issues fishermen are worried about with cameras are privacy and cost. Several seafood industry groups say this lacks vision and needs a better camera strategy and artificial intelligence technology, along with more research to improve future fisheries management. Under the scheme the government will spend $68 million over the next four years fitting out and maintaining on-board cameras on 300 inshore fishing vessels, and then monitoring the footage. The industry is concerned that Fisheries New Zealand is proposing $10m in costs be recovered from the fishing industry in the first four years, and that could drive more fishers out of business.
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