Graeme Fraser


YOB: 1949
Experience: Commercial Fisherman
Regions: Otago, Catlins
Interview Location: Taieri Mouth, NZ
Interview Date: 26 January 2016
Post Date: 14 September 2017; Copyright © 2017 Graeme Fraser and Steve Crawford

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CRAWFORD:  To what extent has Māori culture and knowledge affected your understanding of the New Zealand marine ecosystem? How would you rank that influence?


CRAWFORD: If you had to rank the Science contribution to your knowledge of the marine ecosystem, how would you rank that?

FRASER: Oh, high. 

CRAWFORD: Why would you rank that high?

FRASER: You see it on the television. 

CRAWFORD: You actively watch - and if something comes on about science and the marine ecosystem, you’ll pay attention to that?

FRASER: Yeah. 

CRAWFORD: Through all of your work as a commercial fisherman, did you ever have meetings with MPI [Ministry for Primary Industries] or quota meetings where science would come in?

FRASER: Not to do with sharks. 

CRAWFORD: Don’t worry about sharks in particular, but in terms of the general marine ecosystem - did you deal with scientists in fisheries management?

FRASER: Yeah, I’ve been to those kinds of meetings.

Copyright © 2017 Graeme Fraser and Steve Crawford