NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN – MARCH 3: A Haddock caught on board the Scottis trawler Carina, March 3, 2004, some 70 miles in The Atlantic off the north coast of Scotland. Fishing boats operating out of the UK are constantly fighting to stay solvent as increasingly draconian quotas combined with declining stocks make earning their livliehood more difficult. (Photo by Chris Furlong/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Michael Field, whose book The Catch helped expose the labour and human rights abuses in New Zealand’s fishing industry, says a report out today reveals a decades-long abuse of our much-vaunted quota system, with more than twice as many fish caught as declared.

New Zealanders know the power of national utterances; we live by “clean and green” and “a great place to raise kids”.

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