A report on cameras on fishing boats, dismissed by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, had been described as “robust” by a top ministry science advisor, emails show.

It raised doubts about whether camera technology on fishing boats would be much use in court as evidence of illegal fishing.

MPI later called the report “misleading” and poor quality, and Mr Guy said scientists had binned it.

But in emails released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act, a top science advisor described the report as “robust and sound”.

The emails also show the controversial report, written in 2015, was done after two MPI forensic investigators decided unilaterally to test fishing boat cameras. They analysed pictures of snapper taken during a trial of cameras on fishing trawlers operating between Cape Reinga and the East Cape.



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