The New South Wales Government has announced plans to ban the sale of New Zealand corned beef, pork and lobster in NSW.
The decision comes after a review into the market found the state’s market is worth $200 million a year, but NSW is only in the third tier of markets.
It has already banned some fish and lobster from its market, including tuna, cod, mackerel and swordfish, which have been blamed for increasing the price of seafood.NSW’s fish and seafood market is already struggling.
It is currently worth $180 million a season.
The NSW Government says it is aiming to double that number to $300 million a decade.
The State Government has now asked the Federal Government to step in, and the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has told the State Government it will look at options.
Mr Hunt said it was important the Government took action to address the market’s growing issues.
“It’s not just about the market.
It’s about ensuring that the market operates in a way that makes sense for consumers, and that means making sure we’re not selling products that we’re selling to people that aren’t the right people, and it’s also about ensuring we’re taking action to ensure that our market doesn’t become the second worst in the country,” he said.
He said the State’s Government wanted to be “as fair as possible” when it came to selling products to consumers, but added: “It is about the best possible market for people in the state and the market is about getting it right for New Zealanders.”
Mr Hunt also said the Government was working with the New Zealand Government to ensure the market had “full, transparent, fair and timely access to market participants”.
The decision was welcomed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Its environmental adviser, Mark Zuccaro, said it would help to reduce the “vast” amounts of nitrogen pollution that is currently coming into the New England aquifer.
“I think it will provide an enormous amount of water for New York and New York’s farmers and fishers and that will help them grow the fish stocks,” he told ABC Radio New Zealand.
Mr Zuccaros comments come after New Zealand officials said the market was already a major issue.
The Federal Government announced it was pulling out of New York in November.
“There are currently significant concerns around the water quality in the aquifer that is in New York,” said Environment Minister Steven Joyce.
“And that has to be addressed.
So we are withdrawing our support from the New Yorkers aquifer and moving forward to develop our own.”