Salmon and trout not the reason for native fish’s decline
Is this a move by the Government to privatise fresh water fishing?
The Green Party is proposing a change to the fresh water fishing regulation that may lead to the privatisation of fresh water fishing, where control of the fishery is removed from Fish & Game and passed to DoC and local iwi under Treaty of Waitangi settlements.
This is under the guise of improved protection to native fish, i.e. “let’s blame the trout and salmon for the widespread decline of native fish species”.
Mature salmon and sea trout returning to spawn do not feed in fresh water.
They are not the dominant cause of the decline in native fish.
In the Tukituki River I noticed a big drop in native fish numbers in the late 1980s.
Salmon and trout have been in New Zealand rivers for well over 100 years.
The decline in all fish started with the advent of intensive dairy farming, possible widespread use of nitrate fertiliser and the practice of some farmers of spreading the cow shed slurry back on the paddock.
I’m aware there is little scientific study of this matter.
The intensive river beach raking by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council was identified by Fish & Game 20 years ago as a major threat to the Hawke’s Bay fish habitat. The Cawthron Institute identified seven native fish species in decline in the Hawke’s Bay area (Cawthron Report 2968 page 7. By Robin Holmes).
Section 17 of the amendment if passed in its present form could lead to the privatisation of fresh water fishing.
This could lead to the average New Zealander being denied the right to fish for salmon or trout, as iwi would have full control of the fishery.
As this has been done with no consultation with Fish & Game or any angling clubs, we now see the whitebait fishery and the thar hunting may be under threat too.
Is the New Zealand public right to the sea fishing next under threat? F Nichol Waipukurau
The common sense solution proposed for funding any port development, as proposed by John Smith (letters — Hawke’s Bay Today, October 11), has clearly worked well in the past.
Why are our nation’s leaders ignoring this practical option? Fred Robinson Napier
Game of Cones
I quote from the final paragraphs of yesterday’s article about the Prime Minister’s speech regarding petrol prices.
“Ardern said that the Government’s exercise tax has been just a small part of the petrol price increase.
“Even if we did remove exercise taxes I cannot guarantee . . . ”
Surely the Government is not advocating a charge on people getting out of their cars and on their bikes, or stopping going to gyms and swimming pools!
I presume it’s another example of either poor spelling or poor proof reading.
On the subject of exercise; for months we have had a “Game of Cones” along the section of Kennedy Rd where a new and presumably experimental cycle path is being laid.
It is months since this was started and the new footpath laid, and every night someone pushes all the cones over and next morning they are all standing up again. I understand this path was a botched job and will be finished in a few weeks. Meantime someone, maybe a mischievous gremlin, is having fun, and a “cone picker-upper” from the council has to get up early. B.H. Smith Napier
Is the New Zealand public’s right to fishing under threat, asks a reader.