Schooling for political clout
A new recreational fishing sector group, chaired by Paekakariki’s Don Boddie, is set to make its first foray into fishing politics, on changes to the snapper catch.
Mr Boddie said the group was keen to be included in consultation on proposed changes to snapper regulation to be released next month. He said the group can ‘‘inject a common purpose of unity and direction’’ into consultation announced by Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy.
As reported in the Kapiti Observer, Mr Boddie was selected to chair a steering group to create the body, which would represent New Zealand’s about 1.3 million regular recreational fishers.
It follows a February gathering of recreational fishing groups, iwi, scientists and government representatives in a bid to create a national body.
The body would represent the recreational fishing point of view on issues including quota setting, marine reserves and consent applications.
Mr Boddie was a member of lobby group, the Wellington Marine Recreational Fishing Association for 15 years.
Meanwhile the proposed changes would apply in the snapper fishery around Auckland and Bay of Plenty, and could see cuts in catch and size limits for anglers.