Fish­ing guide li­cences would be a step for­ward

Otago Daily Times - - EDITORIAL -

I AGREE in prin­ci­ple with the li­cens­ing of guides, but would like a pro­vi­sion for the re­moval of a li­cence for any guide who ar­ranges ex­clu­sive ac­cess to waters which were once open to all. The li­cens­ing of guides should be a Fish and Game re­spon­si­bil­ity. Stu­art Green­shields

Tau­ranga

OTAGO Fish and Game Coun­cil’s sup­port for the ur­gent im­ple­men­ta­tion of the guide’s li­cence (ODT, 13.11.17) is based on sound man­age­ment re­quire­ments, namely:

1. All those peo­ple work­ing legally as pro­fes­sional fish­ing guides will be known to Fish and Game coun­cils.

2. Com­mer­cial guides will con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially to Fish and Game man­age­ment costs for their guid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

3. Fish and Game coun­cils will be able to di­rectly con­sult guides on rel­e­vant man­age­ment is­sues as they arise and vice­versa.

4. Guides and their clients can be rou­tinely sur­veyed about their fish­ing suc­cess and sat­is­fac­tion.

There are chal­lenges in man­ag­ing over­all pres­sure on sports fish­eries, in­clud­ing some re­lat­ing to the tourism boom and il­licit guid­ing ac­tiv­ity. The guide’s li­cence is not an end in it­self but an essen­tial part of any man­age­ment frame­work.

The de­lays in estab­lish­ing sup­port­ing reg­u­la­tions for the guide’s li­cence have been a frus­tra­tion but Min­is­ter of Con­ser­va­tion Eu­ge­nie Sage’s wel­com­ing re­sponse to the idea of fresh pro­pos­als from the New Zealand Fish and Game Coun­cil is most en­cour­ag­ing.

Niall Wat­son Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Otago Fish and

Game Coun­cil

Cor­re­spon­dents are re­minded that we do not pub­lish let­ters which have been sent to other news­pa­pers, pub­li­ca­tions or other peo­ple. — Ed­i­tor

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BI­BLE READ­ING: There­fore no one will be de­clared right­eous in God’s sight by ob­serv­ing the law; rather, through the law we be­come con­scious of sin. — Ro­mans 3:20.

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