It’s about time NZ looked after its sovereignty a bit better. Foreign fisherman have been stealing NZ fish for years, and mistreating their staff in the process.
In a crackdown over unsafe and, at times, inhumane labour practices, all foreign fishing boats must now be reflagged with the New Zealand flag. All vessels operating in New Zealand waters must now follow New Zealand law.
In August 2010, the 38-year-old Korean fishing boat Oyang 70 sank in calm conditions off the coast of Otago. Six men died, when the captain refused to cut loose an enormous 120-tonne catch, causing the ship to roll and sink as the haul was brought in.
In 2011, all 32 Indonesian crew on the Korean Oyang 75 walked off the ship alleging sexual and physical abuse. The ship would later face 26 charges of dumping fish.