Ocean Sports lands another big one
Whangamata¯ Ocean Sports Club plans to make the most of its top honours as the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council’s Club of the Year for the second year running.
“That’s the highlight of our year again, and it had a lot to do with our work with community fundraising and donations, work with our youth and our hard work in and around the club, being the largest fishing club in the country with 6500 members,” says manager Phil Keogh.
“We do a lot of work as a team. Being recognised at this level stands us in good stead around fisheries management at a national level.”
Phil returned from the recent AGM of the New Zealand Sports Fishing Council where Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash spoke.
“This is the first time a minister has come to our AGM in 40 years and the first time we’ve had dialogue in 10 years,” he says. “Even though the decisions he made recently were short of the mark, it’s nice to know he’s listening to us and acknowledging the money we put into the fisheries management report from Legasea.”
Fisheries Minister Nash has announced the commercial tarakihi catch in the fisheries areas off the east coast of the North and South Islands is to be reduced by 20 per cent in an effort to rebuild depleted stock.
He has also signalled further cuts to the tarakihi catch are in store next year unless the commercial fishing industry can develop a plan to rebuild the fishery within 10 years.
Mr Nash has reviewed Total Allowable Catch and other management controls for 32 stocks as part of the regular twiceyearly sustainability round.
“The decisions follow public consultation and take effect for the fishing year, which starts on October 1,” Mr Nash says.
“The tarakihi fishery is of great importance to commercial inshore trawlers and for recreational and customary fishing.
“I have decided a package of measures is required to get this important fishery back to where it needs to be, which in technical terms is 40 per cent of the unfished spawning stock biomass. It is currently at less than half this target.”
The club is hosting a fundraising Fashion Show What’s Behind the Curtain as its next community event on October 7, with proceeds going to Whangamata¯ Social Services Trust.
“The Whangamata¯ Community Services Trust is much-needed especially at this time of year with Christmas coming up. We’re very proud to say we can give them some money to help those families.”
Phil Keogh from Whangamata Ocean Sports Club with Roy Hoskin, Barney O’neill and Kevin Lynch of the committee, with their big one — the Club of the Year trophy.