An­glers urged to do their bit

Stratford Press - - News -

Taranaki’s an­glers are be­ing urged to pro­tect their patch as they head out to their favourite fish­ing haunts this spring.

In­ad­ver­tently mov­ing al­gae, fish and aquatic plants be­tween wa­ter­ways not only puts the en­vi­ron­ment at risk, but also puts trans­gres­sors on the wrong side of the law.

“Pest fish, aquatic weeds, al­gae and dis­eases can have ir­re­versible im­pacts on fresh­wa­ter ecosys­tems and fish­eries, so we’re call­ing on all an­glers to do their bit to pro­tect their patch,” says the Taranaki Re­gional Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment ser­vices man­ager, Steve El­lis.

“The trans­fer or re­lease of any aquatic life be­tween and within wa­ter­ways is strictly con­trolled un­der a range of leg­is­la­tion, in­clud­ing reg­u­la­tions re­lat­ing to pest fish such as koi carp, gam­bu­sia, rudd and brown bull-headed cat­fish, which are of con­cern here in Taranaki.”

An­glers should fol­low the ‘check clean dry’ pro­ce­dure to en­sure they don’t trans­fer un­wel­come aquatic pests be­tween wa­ter­ways — CHECK for any plant or an­i­mal ma­te­rial on cloth­ing and gear, CLEAN thor­oughly with de­ter­gent and DRY for at least 48 hours be­fore us­ing in an­other wa­ter­way.

■ See mpi.govt.nz/check­cle­andry and mpi.govt.nz/check­cle­andry/ #speci­ficitems

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