Aim is a healthy fishery
Well Bob, sorry that family members might also pick on you, but we know you mean well.
Catch reductions in our coastal areas, such as for tarakihi and crayfish, have been good for the fishery and I think there will be more good news to come from Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash.
Some commercial fishers say it was necessary to make cuts to the Quota Management System, although one idiot said I was a “f...... idiot” and that there were more fish in the sea now than ever. I forwarded these defamatory comments to the Minister.
One large commercial operator here in Gisborne is asking for permission to increase their maximum allowable quota. This would be detrimental to other commercial crayfishers who are smaller operations and traditionally fish for a living.
Everybody is telling the Minister “no way”, the rules were made for a good reason.
The NZ Recreational Fishing Council, which I am a board member of, also fights for commercial fishers' rights.
We all want better abundance in the oceans.
Bob, I have a job for you to do, if you don't mind, to help our fisheries.
Last summer I asked an MPI fisheries compliance officer if it was true that this area had never been tackled about trawlers being able to come in closer than in other areas, such as Bay of Plenty or south of here. In other areas trawlers have to keep at least two nautical miles out from any beach or headland. She said she would check for me.
A few days later, back in Taranaki where she is based for compliance, she said I was right: trawlers can come in close just here in Tairawhiti.
The dreaded gill nets that are indiscriminate and wasteful have been off Wainui Beach in the past.
So Bob, go for it and do something about this. I don't mind reading your stories again because it's new stuff, and we really need change.