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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 24, September 27, 1976.


"If the Russians are allowed to continue fishing in Cook Strait, within three years the ground will be useless for fishing by anyone". So said a senior member of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries earlier this year as large Russian fishing fleet encroached upon traditional New Zealand fishing grounds with alarming effect.

Over recent years foreign fishing fleets have been an increasing problem to New Zealand. The possible results of the on-again-off-again Law of the Sea Conference and the fact that one of the biggest foreign fishers is also one of the two nuclear-mad superpowers has helped to bring this urgent problem to the public eye.