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.