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November Club Night with Graham Hubert

November Club Night With Graham Hubert

Tuesday 20th November 2018 @ 7:30pm
at the WSFC Club Rooms, Grantham St, Hamilton

All welcome!!

This month we have the pleasure of hosting a very experienced Raglan local and WSFC Club Member – Graham Hubert.

Graham Hubert aka the Raglan Wharf Seagull from the good ship Barbara Drawn and Bubbles has fished inside and outside the Raglan bar for over 55 years. He was the area reporter for a National Fishing magazine for 15 years so he has plenty of experience to pass on and stories to share.

Presidents Report

Presidents Report

Hello fellow fishers.  I want to give you an update on what your new committee has been up to since being elected at the AGM.

Firstly we would like say congratulations to Bob Gutsell on his appointment as the newly elected president of the New Zealand Game Fishing Council and we would like to thank him coming back on the committee as his knowledge and experience has been invaluable with helping the new committee get up to speed with the workings of the club.

Manu Bay Boat Ramp update

Bob Gutsell and myself attended the Manu Bay Working Group on the 17th of September, along with the Raglan Sports Fishing Club as well as Iwi, Waikato District Council, Waikato Regional Council, Manu Bay Board Riders Club and other interested parties. It was a very positive and interesting afternoon.

The options discussed on the day were:

  1. Do nothing and leave it as is.
  2. Just maintain the boat ramp by removing the rocks that end up on it.
  3. Removing the rocks placed in front of the wall that have created a ramp for water to go up and over the break wall.
  4. Build a concrete cap on top of the break wall to stop water going over the break wall.

By end of the day majority agreed that approaching Council to look at the feasibility of Option 3 was the preferred starting point. We are still waiting on the workshop notes to confirm the next actions.

Club Rooms upgrades and tidy up

We will have a working bee to clean up the club rooms exterior and interior and also to start painting the internal entrance and bar area. The date is the Sunday 2 December from Noon. Please come along if you can.  It would be much appreciated.  Bring step ladders, sanders, sanding poles, painting rollers, brushes and trays. We will have a BBQ  and free refreshments for all that turn up to help. We have also been applying for grants to put in a Disabled Toilet and a ramp access to the clubrooms as well as paint and new lighting. We will keep you posted on how we get on with the grants.

Tournament Updates

We are all set for Shelly Beach family fishing comp on the 3rd November with Fullon Fishing as the main sponsor.  We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Snapper Kingi Classic

The Committee agreed there will be no Snapper /Kingi Classic in November this year due to conflict with many other tournaments on in November.

Raglan One Base

The Raglan One Base dates are confirmed for the 28th February to 2nd March 2019

The Big Four Competition 2019

The Big Four Competition dates are confirmed for the 25th to the 27th April 2019.

Barbara Dawn Gurnard Challenge

We would like to thank Graham Hurbert the crew for sponsoring the Barbara Dawn Gurnard challenge and we look forward to seeing lots good size gurnard weighed in this season.

Please refer to this newsletter and the website for the rules and the prizes for this challenge.

Thanks,

Tony Thornton

Meet your new committee members

 

 

 

Hello WSFC, 

Thanks to those that attended our AGM on Saturday 18th August and voted in the new committee. Your new committee is listed below.

We are all looking forward to making the club what you want and we will be in touch soon to talk to you about our ideas for this year.

If any other members would like to join the committee or help the committee, please contact us. We appreciate the support.

The WSFC Committee

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Tony Thornton
President

president@waikatosportfishing.co.nzTony has been a club member since 2013 and was a committee member last year.
Tony Greene
Vice President 

vice-president@ waikatosportfishing.co.nzTony has been a club member since 2015 and has been on the committee for the last two years.
Grant Snedden
Secretary

secretary@waikatosportfishing.co.nzGrant has been a club member since 2016 and this will be his first year on the committee.
Julie Clausen
Treasurer

treasurer@waikatosportfishing.co.nzJulie has also been a club member since 2013 and has been on the committee for the last three years.
Taryn Olsen
Web & Communications 

webadmin@waikatosportfishing.co.nzTaryn joined the committee at the age of 15 and has been on the committee for the last ten years.
Colin Steer
Committee Member
Colin has been a club member since 2001 and this will be his first year on the committee.
Bob Gutsell
Committee Member
Bob is a founding member and past president of our club. Bob will be our NZSFC club representative for the next season.
Mike Innes
Hall Manager

hallhire@waikatosportfishing.co.nzMike has been our Hall Manager for the last 6 years managing the day to day hireage of our club hall.

Remits and Policy Documents for NZSFC for AGM 

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Remits and Policy Documents for NZSFC for AGM

Hello Clubs and Delegates

Earlier in July you were forwarded documents for consideration prior to your zone meetings and the AGM.

I have attached for your information a PDF copy of all the documents.

As you will be asked to vote on these items it is important that you have read them and will have any queries and/or amendments ready for your zone meeting discussion.

Please ensure you have read this document prior to your zone meeting.  As this is a very large document your club will be sent hard copies of this document for you also.

Please click here for the PDF document

Regards

Helen Pastor
Administration
NZ Sport Fishing Council

FIRST AND HEAVIEST RECORDS FOR 2017/2018 SEASON 

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FIRST AND HEAVIEST RECORDS FOR 2017/2018 SEASON

Hello Clubs and Delegates

Due to a few updates, please find attached the final first and heaviest record for the 2017/2018 season.
Certificates will be sent to your clubs shortly.

Click here for the records

Regards

Helen Pastor
Administration
NZ Sport Fishing Council

Gamefish Tagging News

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Gamefish Tagging News

Hello Clubs

Please find attached the Gamefish Tagging Newsletter.  Please circulate this to your members.  This is important as the address for the tags has changed.

Please make sure that your records officer or person responsible for returning the completed tag cards has this information so they will use the new MPI postal address in the future.

Please click here to open the report

Regards

Helen Pastor
Administration
NZ Sport Fishing Council

Nathan From “Big Angry Fish” Seminar

The New Zealand Fishing Academy is founded by Joe Dennyhy who wants to establish a learning and teaching environment free from hard sells and bought opinions.
Each class has a maximum of 30 seats, so there’s time and space to learn hands on about rigging, knots and presentation.

Nathan will be instructing two types of classes focusing on how to target Snapper, either with Skutes or with softbait.
The first hour consists of Nathan teaching and passing on his knowledge, and the following hour, it’ll be hands on questions and knot tying etc.

Follow the links below to secure your spot via Eventfinda.

NATHAN ON SNAPPER WITH SKUTES

Waikato Sport Fishing Club, Hamilton, Waikato
Wed 1 August 2018 7:00pm
For more info and tickets click here

Catch to Date – 26 June 2018

FirstName FamilyName Species Weight Length Line Wt Date Land/Boatname
Glen Archer Skipjack Tuna 3.44 15 17-Mar-18 Willie Away
Graeme Barnard Snapper 2.23 10 18-Nov-17 Barne-cle
Graeme Barnard Snapper 2.14 10 18-Nov-17 Barne-cle
Aaron Bennett Kahawai 1.85 15 27-Apr-18 Freebird
Aaron Bennett Snapper 6.34 15 27-Apr-18 Freebird
Aaron Bennett Snapper 1.87 15 27-Apr-18 Freebird
Aaron Bennett Trevally 3.99 15 25-Apr-18 Freebird
Aaron Bennett Yellowtail Kingfish 17.94 37 25-Apr-18 Freebird
Kate Bennett Snapper 0.81 10 04-Nov-17 YTARIA
Megan Bennett Snapper 2.08 10 04-Nov-17 YTARIA
Karen Blockley Snapper 4.42 6 18-Nov-17 Barne-cle
Karen Blockley Snapper 2.97 6 18-Nov-17 Barne-cle
Kathryn Bright Albacore 2.68 15 13-Jan-18 The Salty Swallow
Kathryn Bright Barracouta 1.09 10 13-Jan-18 The Salty Swallow
Kathryn Bright Gurnard 0.68 10 13-Jan-18 The Salty Swallow
Kathryn Bright Skipjack Tuna 3.08 15 13-Jan-18 The Salty Swallow
Kathryn Bright Snapper 1.13 10 13-Jan-18 The Salty Swallow
Roger Bright Mako Shark 0.00 10 31-Dec-17 The Salty Swallow
Roger Bright Snapper 5.19 10 07-Nov-17 Sea Theif
Ivy Brinkworth Kahawai 1.36 10 04-Nov-17 Legasea
Ivy Brinkworth Snapper 1.50 10 18-Nov-17 Legasea
Ivy Brinkworth Snapper 0.77 15 26-Apr-18 Legasea
Ivy Brinkworth Snapper 0.74 10 04-Nov-17 Legasea
Ivy Brinkworth Trevally 2.31 10 04-Nov-17 Legasea
Ivy Brinkworth Trevally 0.72 15 26-Apr-18 Legasea
Sean Brinkworth Kahawai 0.94 10 04-Nov-17 Legasea
Sean Brinkworth Snapper 4.15 0 26-Apr-18 Legasea
Sean Brinkworth Snapper 2.43 8 26-Apr-18 Legasea
Sean Brinkworth Snapper 1.71 10 18-Nov-17 Legasea
Sean Brinkworth Snapper 1.62 10 18-Nov-17 Legasea
Sean Brinkworth Trevally 0.81 10 04-Nov-17 Legasea
Sean Brinkworth Trevally 0.62 8 26-Apr-18 Legasea
Tony Brinkworth Snapper 1.84 10 18-Nov-17 Legasea
Tony Brinkworth Snapper 1.19 10 25-Apr-18 Legasea
Max Christensen Snapper 5.57 10 19-Nov-17 FC620
Max Christensen Snapper 2.40 10 19-Nov-17 FC620
David Darby Gurnard 0.76 15 11-Mar-18 Barbara Dawn
David Darby Snapper 3.35 15 18-Nov-17 Barbara Dawn
David Darby Snapper 1.74 15 18-Nov-17 Barbara Dawn
Kane Delaney Kahawai 1.12 6 04-Nov-17 Tin Lizzy
Kane Delaney Kahawai 0.00 58 0 19-Oct-17 Tin Lizzy
Kane Delaney Snapper 4.60 6 04-Nov-17 Tin Lizzy
Kane Delaney Snapper 0.00 62 0 19-Oct-17 Tin Lizzy
Jason Delany Snapper 3.16 6 04-Nov-17 Tin Lizzy
Jesse Dingle Kahawai 2.23 10 25-Apr-18 Excalibur
Jesse Dingle Kahawai 0.00 58.50 10 14-Oct-17 Excalibur
Jesse Dingle Skipjack Tuna 2.86 15 25-Apr-18 Excalibur
Jesse Dingle Snapper 4.77 6 18-Nov-17 Excalibur
Jesse Dingle Snapper 2.93 10 26-Apr-18 Excalibur
Jesse Dingle Snapper 2.19 6 18-Nov-17 Excalibur
Jesse Dingle Snapper 1.78 10 26-Apr-18 Excalibur
Jesse Dingle Tope Shark 0.00 24 26-Apr-18 Excalibur
Mark Dingle Blue Fin Tuna 86.70 37 16-Jul-17 Fish Play
Mark Dingle Kahawai 1.84 10 25-Apr-18 Excalibur
Mark Dingle Kahawai 1.48 15 08-Jul-17 LandBase
Mark Dingle Snapper 7.79 15 19-Nov-17 minerva 2
Mark Dingle Snapper 1.96 15 26-Apr-18 Excalibur
Mark Dingle Snapper 1.87 15 26-Apr-18 Excalibur
Mark Dingle Snapper 1.60 15 18-Nov-17 Excalibur
Mark Dingle Snapper 1.55 15 08-Jul-17 LandBase
Mark Dingle Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 78 10 14-Oct-17 Excalibur
Renee Doig Barracouta 0.00 79 15 30-Sep-17 Barbara Dawn
Renee Doig Gurnard 0.90 15 10-Jun-18 Barbara Dawn
Renee Doig Gurnard 0.86 15 11-Mar-18 Barbara Dawn
Renee Doig Gurnard 0.72 15 07-Jul-17 Barbara Dawn
Renee Doig Kahawai 1.40 48.6 15 07-Jul-17 Barbara Dawn
Renee Doig Lemon Fish 1.74 15 10-Jun-18 Barbara Dawn
Renee Doig Snapper 5.30 55.6 15 07-Jul-17 Barbara Dawn
Renee Doig Snapper 4.81 15 18-Nov-17 Barbara Dawn
Renee Doig Snapper 2.35 15 18-Nov-17 Barbara Dawn
Renee Doig Snapper 0.00 0 07-Jul-17
Renee Doig Taraki 1.13 15 01-Nov-17 Barbara Dawn
Renee Doig Trevally 1.23 15 10-Jun-18 Barbara Dawn
Baz Ellis Kahawai 1.32 6 25-Apr-18 Nek Waka II
Baz Ellis Kahawai 0.00 55 0 23-Sep-17 Nek Waka II
Baz Ellis Snapper 10.15 6 17-Nov-17 Nek Waka II
Baz Ellis Snapper 4.70 6 25-Apr-18 Nek Waka II
Baz Ellis Snapper 4.06 60 6 23-Sep-17 Nek Waka II
Baz Ellis Snapper 3.42 6 26-Apr-18 Nek Waka II
Baz Ellis Snapper 2.36 6 04-Nov-17 Nek Waka II
Baz Ellis Snapper 2.27 6 19-Nov-17 Higgsea
Baz Ellis Snapper 1.17 6 18-Nov-17 Higgsea
Baz Ellis Yellowtail Kingfish 6.84 30 18-Nov-17 Higgsea
Collen Ellis Kahawai 1.85 6 26-Apr-18 Nek Waka II
Collen Ellis Snapper 4.10 6 26-Apr-18 Nek Waka II
Collen Ellis Snapper 3.36 6 27-Apr-18 Nek Waka II
Collen Ellis Snapper 3.27 6 04-Nov-17 Nek Waka II
Collen Ellis Trevally 0.76 6 27-Apr-18 Nek Waka II
Charlie Forbes Snapper 2.62 15 26-Apr-18 Barbara Dawn
Kyla Forbes Gurnard 1.02 15 24-Apr-18 Barbara Dawn
Andrew Forkert Snapper 4.75 4 27-Dec-17 Alleviate
Will Fransen Kahawai 1.40 10 04-Nov-17 Willie Away
Will Fransen Snapper 7.25 10 04-Nov-17 Willie Away
Will Fransen Trevally 3.02 10 04-Nov-17 Willie Away
Gerry Gerrand Striped Marlin 0.00 37 30-Mar-18 Black Beard
Tony Greene Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 24 22-Jan-18 Epic Adventure
Richard Griffin Mahimahi 0.93 15 15-Mar-18 Legasea
Richard Griffin Skipjack Tuna 3.62 15 15-Mar-18 Legasea
Richard Griffin Yellowtail Kingfish 6.35 8.15 0 17-Mar-18 Legasea
Bob Gutsell Kahawai 2.01 0 26-Apr-18 Tinacious
Bob Gutsell Snapper 3.78 10 19-Nov-17 De Saraphanie
Bob Gutsell Snapper 1.85 10 19-Nov-17 De Saraphanie
Bob Gutsell Snapper 1.51 0 26-Apr-18 Tinacious
Bob Gutsell Snapper 1.46 0 26-Apr-18 Tinacious
Steve Hawkes Tope Shark 0.00 6 15-Mar-18 Te Akau Express
Olivia Henderson Kahawai 1.42 48 10 23-Sep-17 Bubbles
Ant Higgs Albacore 2.83 15 17-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Ant Higgs Kahawai 2.20 15 14-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Ant Higgs Mako Shark 0.00 15 17-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Ant Higgs Mako Shark 0.00 8 14-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Ant Higgs Skipjack Tuna 3.79 15 14-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Ant Higgs Skipjack Tuna 3.19 10 17-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Ant Higgs Snapper 3.68 61 6 23-Sep-17 Nek Waka II
Ant Higgs Snapper 3.23 6 19-Nov-17 Higgsea
Ant Higgs Snapper 1.58 6 19-Nov-17 Higgsea
Ant Higgs Yellowtail Kingfish 30.80 37 05-Apr-18 Wai Whare
Ant Higgs Yellowtail Kingfish 6.73 24 17-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Paula Hirst Barracouta 3.11 24 30-Sep-17 Illegal Weapon
Paula Hirst Kahawai 2.37 8 27-Apr-18 Highlander
Paula Hirst Snapper 2.91 8 25-Apr-18 Highlander
Paula Hirst Snapper 1.16 8 27-Apr-18 Highlander
Barbara Hubert Gurnard 0.85 15 11-Mar-18 Barbara Dawn
Barbara Hubert Snapper 4.38 15 18-Nov-17 Barbara Dawn
Barbara Hubert Snapper 2.41 15 18-Nov-17 Barbara Dawn
Graham Hubert Gurnard 0.78 10 11-Mar-18 Barbara Dawn
Graham Hubert Gurnard 0.68 10 17-Mar-18 Barbara Dawn
Graham Hubert Kahawai 0.00 51 0 30-Sep-17 Barbara Dawn
Graham Hubert Snapper 6.70 67.5 37 07-Jul-17 Barbara Dawn
Graham Hubert Snapper 3.04 10 18-Nov-17 Barbara Dawn
Graham Hubert Snapper 1.17 10 15-Mar-18 Barbara Dawn
Graham Hubert Snapper 0.00 76.00 10 07-Oct-17 Barbara Dawn
Graham Hubert Snapper 0.00 70 10 30-Sep-17 Barbara Dawn
Graham Hubert Snapper 0.00 71 10 30-Sep-17 Barbara Dawn
Graham Hubert Snapper 0.00 70 10 30-Sep-17 Barbara Dawn
Graham Hubert Snapper 0.00 71 10 30-Sep-17 Barbara Dawn
Coral Johnson Skipjack Tuna 3.42 6 17-Mar-18 Ram Rod
Joe Johnson Skipjack Tuna 3.04 8 17-Mar-18 Ram Rod
Slade Kerr Barracouta 3.63 92.50 8 10-Oct-17 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Bronzewhaler 0.00 10 01-Dec-17 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Gurnard 1.15 10 05-Aug-17 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Gurnard 1.11 10 05-Aug-17 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Gurnard 1.02 10 05-Aug-17 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Gurnard 0.97 10 21-Jul-17 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Hammerhead Shark 0.00 0 25-Feb-18 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Kahawai 2.65 8 22-Oct-17 C’s One
Slade Kerr Kahawai 2.36 10 14-Jan-18 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Kahawai 2.22 10 25-Apr-18 C’s One
Slade Kerr Kahawai 1.71 8 02-Jul-17 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Kahawai 1.38 10 02-Jul-17 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Skipjack Tuna 4.12 24 17-Mar-18 Kelahhe
Slade Kerr Snapper 1.92 10 10-Oct-17 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Snapper 1.82 10 13-Jan-18 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Snapper 0.95 10 28-Apr-18 C’s One
Slade Kerr Snapper 0.63 10 02-Apr-18 C’s One
Slade Kerr Trevally 2.65 10 28-Apr-18 C’s One
Slade Kerr Trevally 1.82 8 22-Oct-17 C’s One
Slade Kerr Trevally 0.82 10 22-Jul-17 High N Dry
Slade Kerr Yellowtail Kingfish 11.14 37 26-Apr-18 C’s One
Slade Kerr Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 0 08-Dec-17 C’s One
Todd Kerr Barracouta 3.26 93.00 10 10-Oct-17 High N Dry
Todd Kerr Gurnard 1.04 10 05-Aug-17 High N Dry
Todd Kerr Gurnard 0.95 8 22-Jul-17 High N Dry
Todd Kerr Kahawai 1.91 8 26-Apr-18 C’s One
Todd Kerr Snapper 2.80 6 02-Jul-17 High N Dry
Todd Kerr Snapper 2.41 10 10-Oct-17 High N Dry
Todd Kerr Snapper 0.71 8 28-Apr-18 C’s One
Todd Kerr Trevally 2.38 8 08-Oct-17
Todd Kerr Trevally 2.08 10 22-Oct-17 C’s One
Todd Kerr Trevally 1.78 8 28-Apr-18 C’s One
Todd Kerr Trevally 0.87 8 22-Jul-17 High N Dry
Todd Kerr Yellowtail Kingfish 8.69 37 26-Apr-18 C’s One
Craig MacDonald Snapper 0.70 4 26-Apr-18 T-Rex
Craig MacDonald Yellowtail Kingfish 10.33 24 18-Nov-17 T-Rex
Daniel MacDonald Kahawai 1.91 4 25-Apr-18 T-Rex
Daniel MacDonald Snapper 4.35 4 03-Jan-18 T-Rex
Daniel MacDonald Snapper 2.12 4 26-Apr-18 T-Rex
Daniel MacDonald Snapper 1.26 0 25-Apr-18 T-Rex
Joe MacDonald Kahawai 1.66 4 25-Apr-18 T-Rex
Joe MacDonald Snapper 2.50 4 25-Apr-18 T-Rex
Joe MacDonald Snapper 0.78 4 25-Apr-18 T-Rex
Lisa MacDonald Kahawai 1.96 4 26-Apr-18 T-Rex
Lisa MacDonald Snapper 4.08 8 25-Apr-18 T-Rex
Lisa MacDonald Snapper 3.33 8 25-Apr-18 T-Rex
Lisa MacDonald Yellowtail Kingfish 7.23 24 18-Nov-17 T-Rex
Lisa MacDonald Yellowtail Kingfish 6.72 37 27-Apr-18 T-Rex
Sammy Madden Kahawai 1.02 8 04-Nov-17 Chasing Tail
Sammy Madden Snapper 1.27 8 04-Nov-17 Chasing Tail
Sammy Madden Snapper 0.56 8 04-Nov-17 Chasing Tail
Kieran Marshall Snapper 5.52 66 0 05-Nov-17 4
Lucas Marshall Snapper 5.48 0 31-Mar-18 4 Sale
Ken McDowall Blue Fin Tuna 61.30 37 15-Jul-17 Illegal Weapon
Ken McDowall Kahawai 2.34 8 27-Apr-18 Highlander
Ken McDowall Mako Shark 0.00 0 10-Jan-18 Illegal Weapon
Ken McDowall Snapper 3.79 8 27-Apr-18 Highlander
Ken McDowall Snapper 1.92 8 27-Apr-18 Highlander
Ken McDowall Yellowtail Kingfish 12.35 24 30-Sep-17 Illegal Weapon
Ken McDowall Yellowtail Kingfish 8.82 8 27-Apr-18 Highlander
Ken McDowall Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 24 05-Nov-17 Illegal Weapon
Ryan McDowall Blue Fin Tuna 28.40 37 15-Jul-17 Illegal Weapon
Ryan McDowall Blue Shark 0.00 0 21-Jan-18 Illegal Weapon
Ryan McDowall Blue Shark 0.00 0 21-Jan-18 Illegal Weapon
Ryan McDowall Snapper 6.80 8 15-Dec-17 Wild Goose
Ryan McDowall Yellowtail Kingfish 14.36 24 05-Nov-17 Illegal Weapon
Ryan McDowall Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 24 05-Nov-17 Ilegal Weapon
Ryan McDowall Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 24 05-Nov-17 Illegal Weapon
Kim McVinnie Albacore 10.40 15 12-Jan-18 Warlock
Brian Mellow Snapper 2.43 10 18-Nov-17 Legasea
Brian Mellow Snapper 0.61 10 25-Apr-18 Legasea
Hamish Mellow Kahawai 1.91 8 25-Apr-18 Slay
Hamish Mellow Snapper 2.18 8 25-Apr-18 Slay
Hamish Mellow Snapper 2.05 8 25-Apr-18 Slay
Hamish Mellow Trevally 0.71 8 25-Apr-18 Slay
Isabelle Mellow Snapper 2.39 10 18-Nov-17 Legasea
Isabelle Mellow Snapper 1.59 10 18-Nov-17 Legasea
Isabelle Mellow Snapper 0.72 10 25-Apr-18 Legasea
Isabelle Mellow Trevally 0.54 10 26-Apr-18 Legasea
Beau Mitchell Kahawai 1.83 0 25-Apr-18
Beau Mitchell Snapper 1.97 24 18-Nov-17 Techno Viking
Beau Mitchell Snapper 1.21 0 28-Apr-18
Beau Mitchell Snapper 1.16 24 18-Nov-17 Techno Viking
Beau Mitchell Trevally 1.41 0 28-Apr-18
Beau Mitchell Yellowtail Kingfish 9.57 0 28-Apr-18
Jason Oakes Snapper 7.47 10 19-Nov-17 FC670
Jason Oakes Snapper 1.62 10 19-Nov-17 FC620
Katelyn Olsen Blue Shark 0.00 0 17-Mar-18 Seavannah
Katelyn Olsen Kahawai 2.58 37 17-Mar-18 Seavannah
Katelyn Olsen Kahawai 2.06 37 15-Mar-18 Seavannah
Katelyn Olsen Snapper 3.81 37 17-Mar-18 Seavannah
Katelyn Olsen Snapper 2.72 37 15-Mar-18 Seavannah
Katelyn Olsen Snapper 1.49 0 18-Nov-17 Seavannah
Katelyn Olsen Yellowtail Kingfish 8.08 0 18-Nov-17 Seavannah
Katelyn Olsen Yellowtail Kingfish 4.62 37 15-Mar-18 Seavannah
Matthew Olsen Blue Shark 0.00 37 17-Mar-18 Alleviate
Matthew Olsen Skipjack Tuna 2.75 24 15-Mar-18 Seavannah
Matthew Olsen Snapper 2.29 0 18-Nov-17 Seavannah
Matthew Olsen Snapper 2.18 0 18-Nov-17 Seavannah
Matthew Olsen Yellowtail Kingfish 6.12 0 18-Nov-17 Seavannah
Matthew Olsen Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 37 15-Mar-18 Seavannah
Matthew Olsen Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 37 15-Mar-18 Seavannah
Matthew Olsen Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 0 17-Mar-18 Alleviate
Matthew Olsen Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 37 17-Mar-18 Alleviate
Taryn Olsen Snapper 1.27 0 18-Nov-17 Seavannah
Taryn Olsen Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 37 15-Mar-18 Seavannah
Warren Olsen Snapper 1.67 0 18-Nov-17 Seavannah
Bridie Page Gurnard 0.75 7 17-Mar-18 Te Akau Express
Bridie Page Kahawai 2.03 4 26-Apr-18 Te Akau Express
Bridie Page Skipjack Tuna 3.71 15 17-Mar-18 Te Akau Express
Bridie Page Snapper 2.68 4 27-Apr-18 Te Akau Express
Bridie Page Snapper 1.74 4 26-Apr-18 Te Akau Express
Nichola Page Kahawai 2.06 4 27-Apr-18 Te Akau Express
Nichola Page Snapper 1.44 4 27-Apr-18 Te Akau Express
Nichola Page Snapper 1.39 4 27-Apr-18 Te Akau Express
Robert Page Kahawai 1.60 4 26-Apr-18 Te Akau Express
Robert Page Snapper 1.68 4 26-Apr-18 Te Akau Express
Robert Page Snapper 1.66 4 26-Apr-18 Te Akau Express
Sonia Page Gurnard 0.75 8 17-Mar-18 Te Akau Express
Sonia Page Gurnard 0.67 8 15-Mar-18 Te Akau Express
Sonia Page Skipjack Tuna 4.17 15 17-Mar-18 Te Akau Express
Sonia Page Snapper 2.39 8 15-Mar-18 Te Akau Express
Sonia Page Snapper 1.70 8 17-Mar-18 Te Akau Express
Aimee Pitcaithly Snapper 2.91 6 18-Nov-17 Seavannah
Aimee Pitcaithly Snapper 1.09 6 18-Nov-17 Seavannah
Gary Pitcaithly Kahawai 1.68 4 15-Mar-18 Alleviate
Joy Pitcaithly Snapper 2.64 10 04-Nov-17 Yogi
Hannah Pritchard Snapper 1.29 6 04-Nov-17 Tinacious
Rebekah Pritchard Snapper 1.84 8 04-Nov-17 Tinacious
Rosemary Pritchard Kahawai 2.07 6 04-Nov-17 Tinacious
Scott Pritchard Albacore 2.52 24 17-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Scott Pritchard Kahawai 2.19 24 14-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Scott Pritchard Kahawai 1.96 0 26-Apr-18 Tinacious
Scott Pritchard Skipjack Tuna 3.60 15 17-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Scott Pritchard Skipjack Tuna 3.25 15 14-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Scott Pritchard Snapper 5.47 0 26-Apr-18 Tinacious
Scott Pritchard Snapper 4.83 0 26-Apr-18 Tinacious
Scott Pritchard Snapper 1.17 0 15-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Scott Pritchard Trevally 0.68 0 26-Apr-18 Tinacious
Scott Pritchard Yellowtail Kingfish 7.14 24 17-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Scott Pritchard Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 24 17-Mar-18 Salty Swallow
Wayne Rendall Hapuka 8.37 24 25-Nov-17 Amenesia
Wayne Rendall Yellowtail Kingfish 10.76 8 25-Nov-17 Amnesia
Kelvin Scown Albacore 3.20 24 15-Mar-18 Willie Away
Kelvin Scown Kahawai 1.43 10 04-Nov-17 Willie Away
Kelvin Scown Mahimahi 0.00 0 15-Mar-18 Willie Away
Kelvin Scown Skipjack Tuna 3.92 15 17-Mar-18 Willie Away
Kelvin Scown Snapper 5.53 10 04-Nov-17 Willie Away
Stacey Sharp Yellowfin Tuna 39.40 24 30-Dec-17 Reel Addiction
Matt Shaw Snapper 6.90 68.2 37 07-Jul-17 Barbara Dawn
Janine Simmonds Kahawai 1.82 6 04-Nov-17 Tin Lizzy
Janine Simmonds Snapper 3.07 6 04-Nov-17 Tin Lizzy
Janine Simmonds Trevally 3.13 4 04-Jan-18 Tin Lizzy
Andy Thompson Hapuka 21.80 37 04-Mar-18 Blue Sash
Tony Thornton Barracouta 0.00 83 6 24-Sep-17 Soprano
Tony Thornton Snapper 0.00 62 6 24-Sep-17 Soprano
Keith Vallabh Albacore 16.40 37 01-Jan-18 Puha
Keith Vallabh Albacore 12.20 37 01-Jan-18 Puha
Keith Vallabh Blue Shark 0.00 15 27-Jan-18 Amnesia
Keith Vallabh Skipjack Tuna 8.09 15 06-Feb-18 Puha
Keith Vallabh Snapper 11.12 8 25-Nov-17 Amnesia
Keith Vallabh Thresher Shark 0.00 8 30-Dec-17 Amnesia
Keith Vallabh Yellowtail Kingfish 8.00 15 30-Dec-17 Amnesia
Frank Van Vroonhoven Albacore 2.11 24 16-Dec-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Barracouta 0.00 84 8 26-Jan-18 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Bass 18.20 24 31-Jul-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Blue Fin Tuna 78.40 37 11-Jul-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Bluenose 7.80 24 31-Jul-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Bronzewhaler 0.00 37 26-Jan-18 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Gurnard 0.85 45 8 21-Oct-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Gurnard 0.85 8 21-Oct-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Gurnard 0.59 8 24-Sep-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Gurnard 0.59 8 24-Sep-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven John Dory 0.60 8 24-Sep-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven john dory 0.60 8 24-Sep-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Kahawai 2.64 24 23-Dec-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Kahawai 2.36 55 15 21-Oct-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Kahawai 2.36 55 15 21-Oct-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Kahawai 1.73 15 26-Apr-18 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Mahimahi 0.89 24 18-Mar-18 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Skipjack Tuna 2.24 24 23-Dec-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Snapper 7.39 15 26-Apr-18 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Snapper 6.76 73 8 28-Oct-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Snapper 5.33 64 8 21-Oct-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Snapper 5.33 8 21-Oct-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Snapper 5.28 66 8 20-Oct-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Snapper 5.28 8 20-Oct-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Snapper 2.57 15 26-Apr-18 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Snapper 1.74 8 24-Sep-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Snapper 1.74 44.5 8 24-Sep-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Tarakahi 1.32 44 8 24-Sep-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Tarakihi 1.32 8 24-Sep-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Trevally 1.68 8 01-Apr-18 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Trevally 1.12 8 26-Apr-18 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Yellowtail Kingfish 9.62 24 27-Dec-17 Flying Dutchman
Frank Van Vroonhoven Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 24 21-Jan-18 Flying Dutchman
Luke Wiseman Yellowtail Kingfish 0.00 24 22-Jan-18 Epic Adventures

FreeFishHeads NZ App

App available to make good use of your fish heads.

      

Utilization of our fish is conservation of our fish.

Ever seen a pile of fish heads and fish frames rotting on a beach? Some find the smell and
sight offensive, while others are offended at the disregard of our precious resources and
environment, and some are horrified by the blatant waste of food.

The vast majority of fish eaters in New Zealand eat only the fillets, meaning thousands of fish heads and frames are dumped at sea, on beaches, buried in the garden or simply end up in the trash. Most of the folk that discard the heads and frames will never be convinced of the joys of picking at a fish frame or sucking on a fish eye. How-ever there are thousands of Kiwis that would gladly take fresh fish heads and frames and feast on the sweet succulent meat.

The solution is simple, those that don’t want their fish heads can give them to some one that
does. Trouble is, people that don’t eat fish heads often don’t know the people that do. So
that’s why freefishheads.co.nz has been established, to bring kiwis together, make people
happy and reduce waste.

Utilization = More fish in the water.

Here’s how it works; A family gets a bin full of fish heads for free. This feast may fulfill their
fish needs for the week, so perhaps they won’t go and set a net in the estuary, or go to the
market and buy some commercially caught fish – fish that may have been caught in a destructive trawl net. So each extra meal gained from utilizing all the fish, reduces the need to take more from the sea.

If your not going to use you fish heads, here’s what you do. Log onto freefishheads.co.nz and click on ‘I’ve got unwanted fish heads’ then select the area closest to where you live or where you’ll be fishing. There will be a list of names and numbers of people that will take your fish heads. Take down a few numbers incase you don’t get through. When you are on your way back to the ramp, on the beach, at the back or at home – just ring up and arrange for a pick up or a place to meet. You’ll feel good for not wasting, and you’ll make someone’s day

So you want some free fish heads and frames? – here’s what you do.

Go to freefishheads.co.nz and click on ‘Register for free fish heads’ fill out your details and your done. Next time someone in your area has unwanted fish heads they’ll give you a call and you grab the fish heads off them – sweet as!

I’m sure you’ll be grateful for the fish heads, but it’s illegal to pay or trade goods for recreationally caught fish. But if you feel the need to koha or give something back, make a contribution to LegaSea who are working for more fish in the water.

Current Lines May issue 1

Current Lines May issue 1

Just a snipet from the world wide web, On Tuesday night last week the MetOcean Solutions wave buoy moored in the Southern Ocean just south of New Zealand recorded a massive 23.8 m wave. “This is a very exciting event and to our knowledge it is largest wave ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.”

Please if you have the time pop in and say gidday to the LegaSea crew at the 2018 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show May 17 – May 20 · ASB Showgrounds · Auckland

Ahipara Gamefish Club May 10th – Club member Craig Rogers braved the elements recently, fishing off Ninety Mile Beach. He caught a nice Snapper est. 12Kg and being a Conservationist type of guy let this breeder go back. He has also caught a few around the 8kg weight. Well done Craig. Ninety Mile Beach rocks.

Kawhia Boating & Angling Club Inc – May 6 – Congratulations to angler Max Gilbert, skipper Luke Gilbert and the crew on board Albatross for tag & releasing a Broadbill Swordfish yesterday. It was caught at the Mokau Trench and it’s estimated weight was 170 kg. Well done guys.

Marsden Cove – Congratulations to Sean McCully and Mike McCully who landed a 201.4kg Striped Marlin off Ocean Beach, Baits in the water at 9, hooked up 5 mins later then back in before 12 to weigh the fish 😎 game fishing doesn’t get much better than that !

Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club – April 25 – 2 fantastic catches of Broadbill weighed in Mercury Bay this evening. Well done to those involved.

Muriwai Sports Fishing Club April 22  How cool is this! Matt Dodd was on daycare duty on Friday and decided fishing was a good plan. Result was young Josh having a battle he’ll remember forever, landing a 152kg stripey. Dad at the helm, Luke Nobilo on the leader and wee Sophie sleeping through the whole thing.

Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club – April 16 – Congratulations to Oscar Newport on Bushido, Noel Kingham on Outahere and Stuart Moore on Whiplash – a Striped Marlin each today!! And it’s Congratulations and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Wynne Goingfishing on his own boat GPS – a Striped Marlin landed on just 10kg line – Not bad on your 88th birthday huh!!

This is different! Tony Carpenter is doing what he does best and caught a Sunfish, as by catch, in 500 metres! These unique fish are more commonly encountered, on or near, the surface and none of the crew at Shimano have heard of one caught on a rod and reel before!! Hooked in the corner of the mouth and released to “fight another day” Oh and the lads caught another sword today as well!

From your Current Lines Editor

Latest news from NZ Recreational Fishing Council

NZ Rec Fish Council

Rec Fish Council update – June 2018

Later this week, the NZRFC will be sending out their annual invoices and we are seeking your continued support, through membership donation, to ensure the ongoing representation and advocacy work of the Council.

A lot of good work is being done by many other recreational fishing advocacy groups, and this must continue if we are to gain Ministerial support for our sector.  The NZ Recreational Fishing Council (NZRFC) are not heard or seen as often, but do spend a significant amount of time researching and working on submissions, lobbying government officials and negotiating for an appropriate share of the New Zealand fishery.

Our latest initiative is to host the first Fisheries NZ Forum 2018 later this year and expressions of interest are being called for so that planning can get underway to finalise the nature and shape of the event.  The format will be structured in a way that representatives from all sectors; commercial, customary, regulatory, boat clubs and recreational will share ideas and communicate their key issues with a view to developing long term resolutions in partnership.  Read more about this new initiative below.

Margaret Wind
Executive Officer

You can join the NZRFC mailing list using this sign up form.

Please forward this newsletter to people you think will be interested. 

Visit our updated website www.recfish.co.nz for more updates and news.
We also now have a Facebook page to encourage dialogue with members throughout the country.

Update / NRLMG

Seven rock lobster stocks are managed with operational management procedures (MPs): CRA 6 and CRA 9 are managed without one. Use of Management Procedures to manage New Zealand lobster stocks coupled to the CPUE data is seen as the most cost effective and responsive way to manage rock lobster extractions.

However, there are exceptions. The MP for CRA 9 was abandoned in 2015 when the NRLMG accepted advice that CPUE was not a reliable index of abundance for this stock.

We asked MPI/Fisheries NZ:
How can you trust CPUE as an index of abundance?
First – because a significant amount of work goes into estimating CPUE from the raw data: the data are processed to remove errors, then “standardised” to remove the effects of season and area. Projects have looked (they continue to look) at potential problems caused by changes in fishing patterns, high-grading and holding pots, to assure us that the best procedures are being used to produce CPUE.

Second – because CPUE appears to be an index of abundance. It shows long periods of increase or decrease; it doesn’t show a lot of variation around the medium-term trend, so it’s not a noisy index. The CPUE trends concur with trends in size distributions, supporting the idea that it is an index of abundance.

CPUE is affected by lots of things in the short-term: where you fish, bait, the moon, the season, the weather, how you fish, and lots of other things. The input to a management procedure is from a whole year of commercial potting data, analysed in combination with all the previous years, and a lot of the short-term effects cancel themselves out.

Third – both commercial and non-commercial fishermen use CPUE themselves: when things are bad they “can’t catch fish”.

Fourth – stock assessment results show that CPUE has the same signal as other data sets.

Aren’t you worried that commercial fishermen might manipulate CPUE?
No. First – there are huge penalties for commercial fishermen not providing the data accurately. Second – it’s in the best interests of the commercial industry to report CPUE accurately, so that the stock remains healthy. Third – repeatedly, when a cut could have been averted by manipulating CPUE, it hasn’t happened.

CRA2

While the NZRFC recommended that the CRA2 fishery be closed to get all pots and divers out of the water, thus exposing the illegal catch. This was a bold decision based on the CPUE and research showing that this fishery is just bordering on the hard limit in an effort ensure a rapid rebuild and sustainability. In an effort to ensure that the many small fishermen survive, the recent Ministers decision has seen the TAC for CRA2 reduced significantly to 193tonne. The TACC has subsequently been set at 100t a 50% reduction with the recreation allowance set at 34t a 76% reduction.  There was no change in the Customary allowance.
The goal is to constrain recreational removals to the new 34 tonne allowance (on average) until increased stock abundance enables consideration of a TAC increase. At this point we have been assured and it is recorded in the NRLMG records that when the TAC is increased and the TACC is increased the allowance for recreational will also increase. This is to respect the shared pain – shared gain philosophy on the management group.

Fisheries New Zealand and the NRLMG also consider that the most effective measure to manage recreational catch to the new 34 tonne allowance over the next few years is to reduce the recreational daily bag limit to three rock lobsters per person. This has been supported with some reservations.
A major goal is to minimise illegal removals to ensure fish thieves do not compromise the rebuild and the rebuild accrues to legitimate fishers. So along with an increased enforcement and compliance focus on CRA2, Fisheries New Zealand and the NRLMG propose to introduce telson clipping for recreational fishers.

Recreational fishers will be required to clip at least the last third of the middle part of the tail fan (the “telson”) (end of the tail) once they have taken a lobster. This marks a lobster as being recreationally caught, and so is not permitted to be brought, bartered or traded. Telson clipping is expected to help address the illegal take and sale of rock lobsters on the domestic market by non-commercial fishers and fish thieves. This will not hurt the lobster or change the taste. In support of this initiative Kaitiaki will be requested to make telson clipping a condition of permit to assist in identifying lobsters customary use only.

National Blue Cod Strategy update

Fisheries New Zealand has announced the results of the second phase of public engagement in the development of the National Blue Cod Strategy.
Inshore fisheries manager Steve Halley says it was good to see so many people giving us feedback in phase 2 of the engagement.
“We had 1,182 responses to the second online survey from all over New Zealand, and around 150 people also came along to the nine drop in sessions we held throughout the South Island.
“The majority of respondents were very supportive of the proposed approaches, as well as the objectives of the strategy.  In particular, we had strong support for the proposed introduction of a traffic light system to show how fisheries are performing at a local level.
“The final strategy, based on all the conversations and information we have gathered, will be released in the coming months. Following the release of the strategy it is likely some immediate changes to the rules and limits for blue cod will be consulted on,” Mr Halley says.

Proposed Mataitai Reserve at Cape Runaway

Te Whānau a Kauaetangohia Hapū has applied for a mātaitai reserve at Cape Runaway in the Bay of Plenty. The hapū is seeking approval to create the Kauaetangohia Mātaitai Reserve.
Mātaitai reserves are areas closed to commercial fishing that may have bylaws affecting recreational and customary fishing.
The NZ Recreational Fishing Council will be lodging an submission before closing date of 5 July 2018.  Anyone wishing to read more about this and have their say, should send their comments to margaret@safeship.co.nz before the 2nd of July 2018.  These will be included in the RecFishNZ submission.  You may also opt to send in your own submission and the link is as follows:
https://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/application-for-a-proposed-mataitai-reserve-at-cape-runaway/

Sustainability Review Update – Fisheries NZ engagement with NZRecFish

Keith Ingram and Margaret Wind recently met with John Taunton-Clark | Principal Analyst, Fisheries Management last month, to discuss this important subject.  FNZ plan to release documents for consultation mid June, with submissions due around mid-July and decisions expected in September.  This review includes all species and is relevant to all fishers in NZ. The Council will be seeking your input into the submission, once discussion documents are released.  Standby for more information on this soon.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Recreational Fisheries Project – what is it?

Some of you may be aware that TNC has been in New Zealand for nearly two years. Its first marine project was preparing a report on the learnings from 30 years of experience managing commercial fisheries with the Quota Management System. TNC is currently working to progress a number of topics identified in this report including:

  • Contributions to MPI’s development and implementation of an Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System for commercial fishing vessels.
  • Partnering with multiple groups, including Revive our Gulf, Iwi, and the University of Auckland, who are working to advance the green-lipped mussel reef restoration project in the Hauraki Gulf that supports fisheries production and other ecosystem services.
  • Addressing a range of issues related to the management of shared fisheries. These issues will be addressed through the recreational fisheries project, which will also pursue partnership opportunities to restore shellfish beds and other nearshore habitats outside the Hauraki Gulf.

To find out more about this international organisation and its recent work in NZ, go to: https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/asiaandthepacific/new-zealand/index.htm

Notice of Rocketlab Launch in Mahia Peninsular area

Rocketlab will be sending the Council a ‘Notice of Launch’ for any upcoming missions which we will send out  to all members in future.  There is a launch due to take place in the Mahia Peninsular area this week if weather permits.
This is relevant to any fishers, operators, agents and vessels that may be transiting the area.  If any operators or fishers have questions, please feel free to contact the Launch Safety Operations Manager on j.dreyer@rocketlab.co.nz, or if in the vicinity of Mahia during Launch days, contact Rocket Lab Range Control on VHF 07.

Important message about unsafe kapok lifejackets

Maritime NZ has issued the attached safety bulletin: Life jackets with kapok-filling or cotton straps could fail when used. These life jackets are unsafe and should be replaced with new life jackets as soon as possible. Old unsafe lifejackets should be destroyed so that they cannot be re-used or on-sold.

Please read the attached bulletin carefully, then forward it to your organisation’s members encouraging them to work with the masters or skippers of all their vessels and managers responsible for safety so they can “check, replace, destroy” the unsafe lifejackets.
Link to safety bulletin https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/commercial/safety/safety-updates/safety-bulletins/issue-38-june-2018.asp

Consultation on North Island freshwater eels

Fisheries New Zealand has started public consultation on catch limits for North Island freshwater eels. This includes the shortfin eel and the longfin eel in all Quota Management Areas across the North Island.
Fisheries New Zealand Inshore Fisheries Manager Steve Halley says the review is based on a new scientific assessment by NIWA in 2017 for North Island eels.
“The scientific assessment has been reviewed through Fisheries New Zealand’s science review process by independent experts, and we are now using that information to look at how we manage this fishery going forward,” says Mr Halley.
“The latest scientific information is showing shortfin eel stocks in the North Island are at sustainable levels, so we are proposing no changes to the catch limits.
“There are two options for longfin eels. The first would keep the catch limits for each stock at its current level.
“The second reduces catch limits across all North Island stocks. This takes into account the biological vulnerability of longfin eels, and that some longfin eel stocks, while stable, may not be showing a clear increase in abundance. It also responds to concerns raised during discussion with iwi, stakeholders and public feedback about longfin eels.
“Following public consultation, we will provide the Minister of Fisheries with final advice, so that any catch limit changes can be notified prior to the start of the new fishing year for eels, which is 1 October 2018,” Mr Halley says.
The consultation document and information about how to have your say is available on the Fisheries New Zealand web page: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/review-of-north-island-eel-sustainability-measures-for-1-october-2018.

Expressions of Interest – Fisheries NZ Forum 2018

We are currently investigating the option of a Fisheries NZ Forum; a one day meeting that will be all inclusive in an effort to open up meaningful dialogue across all sectors in the shared NZ fishery.  Invitations will be sent out to representatives from the commercial, customary, regulatory, recreational and clubs – if you are keen to be a part of this forum, please contact margaret@safeship.co.nz to register your interest.  Subject matters for the first forum would include Ocean Farms, Aquaculture growth, Blue Cod, Southern Blue Fin Tuna, Rock Lobster, Terakihi, shared fisheries, and the environmental impact on fishing.

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