Blue cod

Marlborough Express - - COMMENT&OPINION -

The ar­ti­cle on June 28 on bar­b­less hooks for blue cod showed the in­sight recre­ational fish­ers have and that they are best judges of sen­si­ble man­age­ment. They are not bi­ased by mone­tary greed and sim­ply de­sire a feed of fish for the din­ner ta­ble. The ar­ti­cle had many pos­i­tive ideas and the con­sis­tent limit of three cod across Nel­sonMarl­bor­ough is one the Coun­cil of Out­door Recre­ation As­so­ci­a­tions (CORANZ) ad­vo­cated a year or so ago.

Frus­trat­ing is bu­reau­crats sit­ting in warm Welling­ton of­fices think they know bet­ter. Who on Earth dreamed up the dam­ag­ing slot rule which meant only cod 30-35 cm could be taken, thus forc­ing an­glers to take breed­ing fe­males which fall into that size bracket and to re­lease many fish out­side the slot? Who per­sisted with the ob­vi­ously dam­ag­ing rule? Yes - min­istry bu­reau­crats and com­pli­ant Min­is­ters. Both were re­spon­si­ble for (a) de­ple­tion of breed­ing fe­males and (b) heavy mor­tal­ity of nu­mer­ous re­leased cod.

As pointed out by Tony Orman the ‘‘ill con­ceived clo­sure’’ never had jus­ti­fi­ca­tion. The ‘‘re­search’’ method­ol­ogy was very flawed.

Which raises the ques­tion. Who in­flu­ences the min­istry and min­is­ters? Re­port­edly fish­ing com­pany cor­po­rates have a dom­i­nat­ing sway over min­is­ters and the min­istry, ap­par­ently able to have a cof­fee ses­sion any­time. Whereas the recre­ational public, rep­re­sented by the Marl­bor­ough Recre­ational Fish­ers Assn., ) MRFA) tried time and time again to meet the min­is­ter. Many months later on meet­ing the public rep­re­sen­ta­tives were treated with dis­dain. MRFA de­serve com­pli­ments for tenac­ity.

CORANZ be­lieves the Min­istry of Fish­eries should be re­in­stated, stand alone from the Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries. it also be­lieves recre­ational rep­re­sen­ta­tives on work­ing groups must be bona-fide and not hold com­mer­cial quota. the coun­cil web­site and looked at the map for that area. I sus­pected the school ground run right through to Moana View Rd and voila it does!

Not only that, there is plenty of park­ing on a less than busy road and there is al­ready a good ac­cess to the school grounds for walk­ing or even to drive in to large grassed area.

Can’t see the point in wast­ing ratepayer money here, Na­dine Tay­lor, although it could at­tract a vote or two.

You’d get my vote by re­duc­ing the con­ges­tion and bet­ter man­ag­ing traf­fic haz­ards on Waikawa Rd!

Just change the mind­set of the par­ents, folks. You don’t have to en­ter through the front gate.

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