Ocean Sports lands an­other big one

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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.”

PHOTO / ALI­SON SMITH

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.

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