Fisheries watch for poaching
The Ministry of Fisheries has called on recreational fishers to adhere to rules when celebrating (or commiserating) over the course of the Rugby World Cup. MAF Director General Wayne McNee encouraged fishers to enjoy the bounty of the sea and to share it with our international visitors, but that the fishing rules were there for a reason. ‘‘Paua and rock lobster (crayfish) are two iconic Kiwi species visitors will want to try – and so they should. Both are delicacies that need to be looked after for their future sustainability.’’ There are size and bag limits for many species, including paua, rock lobster and scallops. Because there are some regional and other variations it’s always worth checking the rules on fish.govt.nz, at your local ministry office, or text 9889 with the name of the species in the body of the text. Mr McNee said fishery officers and honorary fishery officers would be out and about during the RWC helping locals and visitors alike understand the rules. Anyone seeing anything suspicious or illegal in our fisheries should call 0800 4 POACHER (0800 476 224).