New Zealand And The Impact Of Fishing

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In the warm southwestern seas of the world, just above Australia and the Tasman Sea, lies a beautiful island country of New Zealand. Governed by the Queen herself and kept fertile and wondrous by the gods above, this sanctuary of perfect ness can only be enhanced by its superb fisheries and varied species of fish. Often pictured by many as an ideal place of the world or the favored vacation spot, for the residents of this paradise, it is not about the country, but about its fish. Even such little nuances as the names of the islands reflect the importance of fishing and the ocean for survival. The Māori refer to the South Island as “the canoe of Māui” (Te Waka-a-Māui) and the North Island as “the fish of Māui” (Te Ika-a-Māui) ("New Zealand"). For a country which has increased its export of fish by fifty times its size in the past thirty years (Starfish), it seems destined to be a leading producer of fish for the new world. With care and admiration, it can be made sure that New Zealand lasts forever as both the best kept secret in beautiful landscape and a residual fishery.
Occupied by the seafaring British and the indigenous Polynesian peoples, fishing is surely nothing new to these residents. Occupied for hundreds of years by the great colonizers and thousands of years by the people of the canoe, they have had plenty of time to develop and perfect the techniques necessary to catch an abundance of fish. It would definitely seem as if this island larger than the United Kingdom was the ideal place to move, since the value of the sea creatures in the surrounding ocean is so great. In less than half a decade the value of its fishes can increase by more than 20 percent and the value seems to be continually increasing (Starfish). With a plethora of diversity in different species of aquatic animals that are exported, it is quite a menu that isn’t really found elsewhere, with crustaceans, squid, and strange fishes previously unknown. Certainly its uniqueness alone is a credit to its very survival. Not only does New Zealand have the resources, but it also has the all too important demand, with Australia, East Asia, a small but dedicated part of Europe, and the United States. However, the market is not always in their favor, as it is to be assumed for any harvest, sell and buy situation. In relations to the many other states it’s in cooperation with, there can be many inflections to the market caused by many things that are familiar to almost any market. The fishing season in general can be more abundant or less forgiving than the year before. The selling price of other countries could be raised or lowered. A restrictive limit put on the harvest set by the government, which may seem like a cumbersome hindrance, but actually prevents over harvesting. Problems inherent to the environment affecting the behavior and survival of fishes and ultimately the harvest can also play a key role.
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