Areas rich with valuable marine life have an understandable need to keep control over any possible increase in fishing activity that might spring up.

Radio New Zealand reports that the country has just enacted legislation to help guard against unlawful fishing by ratifying the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Port State Measures Agreement.

These rules would reportedly reward lawful operation of fishing vessels in the area and regulate these areas to make international activity legal and more prosperous.

A statement issued on the official site of New Zealand's National Party featured a statement on the ratification. In it, Nathan Guy, the country's Primary Industries Minister, described the ways it will hopefully affect that country's economy for the better.

"For New Zealand, it will means our fishers can operate in high value international fisheries with less threat of IUU [illegal, unregulated and unreported] fishers, while ensuring sustainability of our oceans," he said. 

New Zealand might expect to see some more attention paid to its waters thanks to its local abalone, which can only be caught in certain ways, according to Canadian source Updated News.

They are especially valuable to foreign markets, so it's not unreasonable to think that they may be a part of the larger focus on good, legal fishing.

Something else that can contribute to that sense of regulation and approved sources is the state of up-to-date fishing insurance that these vessels use. If increased international activity affects the way the fisheries are run, then these operators may need new insurance to account for this.

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