Fish­eries watch for poach­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

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).

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