School­ing for po­lit­i­cal clout

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

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.

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