Dev­as­tat­ing fish­ing

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The Con­ser­va­tion Amend­ment Bill Indige­nous Fresh­wa­ter Fish Clauses 5, 6 and 17 in short will dev­as­tate Trout Fish­ing in New Zealand and these need to be brought to the at­ten­tion of the many fresh­wa­ter fish­ers and other out­door users.

It gives the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion fresh­wa­ter fish­eries man­age­ment over New Zealand Fish & Game, de­spite both hav­ing the same le­gal sta­tus un­der the Act. It would al­low DOC to re­move trout and salmon from rivers or lakes, even if they are sig­nif­i­cant trout and salmon habi­tats.

It is likely to re­sult in DOC, iwi and Re­gional Coun­cils es­tab­lish­ing man­age­ment regimes which ex­clude trout and salmon.

Any­one au­tho­rised un­der Treaty leg­is­la­tion from re­stric­tions on tak­ing, pos­sess­ing or sell­ing trout.

This al­lows Crown and iwi to set aside present rules, it al­lows the re­moval of present bans on the sale of fish­ing rights. It also re­moves the bans on the sale of sports fish.

It re­moves the re­quire­ment of land oc­cu­piers to com­ply with rules and reg­u­la­tions al­though they would still need a li­cence. It opens up po­ten­tial for di­rect con­flict be­tween Treaty set­tle­ment leg­is­la­tion and sports fish­ing.

Clause 17 re­moves ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions al­low­ing F&G to man­age Trout and Sports fish and the bill re­duces F&G Coun­cils to be con­sulted as man­age­ment of Sports fish to the same level as any mem­ber of the pub­lic.

New Zealand was once ac­claimed the Holy Grail of trout fish­ing. This is set to dis­ap­pear for­ever.

For the price of a F&G li­cence, you can for­get the idea of be­ing out in the fresh air, to re­lax­ing from the pres­sures of life, keep­ing healthy and fit and putting fresh food on your din­ing ta­ble. You can for­get tak­ing young fam­ily or friends out to teach them how to catch a fish, some­thing i have en­joyed over my life­time of trout fish­ing.

Un­less we all get in­volved, those well-known words of the 1960s singer Joni Mitchell song “You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone, they paved par­adise, put up a park­ing lot” will be­come our truth and re­al­ity.

Brian Lowe STREAM 2000, Study­ing Trout River Ecol­ogy And Man­age­ment


The Con­ser­va­tion Amend­ment Bill (Indige­nous Fresh­wa­ter Fish) is in­tended to fur­ther pro­tect na­tive fish such as these inanga.

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