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Memo from NZSFC regarding Southern Bluefin Tuna

Hello Clubs, Delegates and Committees

The southern bluefin tuna are turning up in numbers already and a number of clubs will be asked to weigh fish for members and non-members. Please encourage fishers to report and weigh their catch as this helps track the development of this fishery and provide better estimates of recreational landed catch.

LegaSea has produced a FishCare guide (attached) to help people keep landed bluefin in top condition or have the best chance of survival if they are released. As a result, more people are processing their fish at sea and these are not being weighed and recorded. It is important that the Council can report the total number of southern bluefin tuna caught by private fishers with some confidence.

When people bring fish in, we need weigh masters to ask fishers for the number of SBT caught but not weighed that trip. This can be recorded as a comment on a weigh sheet or a separate record with the estimated weight or measured length, date and boat name (to ensure they are not double counted). There may not be many, but at least we can answer the question about what we have done to record unweighed fish.

If you hear of other boats with unweighed fish that don’t come to the club, this would also be worth recording. Please ensure that someone is responsible for keeping track of these reports. John Holdsworth will be asking clubs for their catch records and unweighed data in mid-August.

For all non-weighed fish, we ask that people complete a catch card with a length measurement only then return that catch card to their club, as they would for a weighed catch, for recording purposes.

Some people have been asking about the catch of Pacific bluefin at this time of year. Attached is a bluefin tuna ID Guide for the club and weighmasters.

Thanks for your help with this
Regards

Bob Gutsell
President
New Zealand Sport Fishing Council

Hall Working Bee

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Calling all members and family to lend a hand at our Club Room working bee to give it a quick spruce up.

This will be on Sunday 25th August 2019 from 9 am.

If you’re available flick a committee member a message, we would love as many hands on deck!!

Note from Waihau Bay Club re Bluefin

Bluefin turned up at Waihau Bay today and please take note of the following request from Waihau Bay Club:

“If you are coming to Waihau Bay to fish for SBT please remember to show respect at all times. Keep the road clear for local traffic to get to the shop and Lodge. Do not dump any offal. Weighmasters will be able to help you if possible. Remember the allowance of one fish per person.”

WSFC 2019 AGM & Prize Giving

The Waikato Sport Fishing Club invites all members, families and friends to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting and season prize giving on Sunday 8th September 2019.

This will be hosted at our Club Rooms on Grantham Street, Hamilton.

Mark this date in your calendar, more details to come shortly.

Kind Regards,
WSFC Committee

Will you be a LegaSea Legend?

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Kia Ora Friend,

Recently we emailed you to let you know about the relaunch of our LegaSea Legends programme at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.

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LegaSea is committed to rebuilding our fishery and we are campaigning for:

  1. A ban on trawling and dredging in inshore waters.
  2. A comprehensive, independent review of the Quota Management System.
  3. Stopping senseless waste by commercial fishing.
  4. Respect and maximum utilisation of any fish harvested.

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June 2019 sponsor profile – SIMRAD

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SIMRAD have been a proud sponsor of the WSFC for a number of years now, in particular supporting the Raglan One Base Tournament.So, a little information about SIMRAD:

Simrad Yachting develops, manufactures and distributes navigation systems, autopilots, marine VHF radios, chart plotters, echo sounders, radars, fish finders and a wide range of other marine technology.

The Simrad name has been in existence for over sixty years. The brand was established in 1947 by Willy Christian Simonsen, who set up his own wireless company called Simonsen Radio. Initially, he focused on the production of radio communications for fishing vessels but a few years later coined the name Simrad to encompass a wider range of activities – namely the design and manufacture of navigation, communication, auto-steering and fish-finding technologies.

We employ over 2,500 team members worldwide, with a team based in New Zealand.

Over the years we have had some key achievements like we developed the award-winning HALOTM Pulse Compression Radar technology and StructureScan® 3D sonar technology for fish finding. These two breakthrough technologies have changed the way we find fish and navigate.

For more information on the SIMRAD product range please visit their website – https://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-nz/

LegaSea joins call to save “kauri forests of our ocean”

LegaSea, as part of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, is calling the government to ban bottom trawling on seamounts and other ecologically sensitive areas.

The Coalition, that includes ECO, Forest and Bird, Greenpeace, LegaSea and WWF-New Zealand, is urging the public to sign a petition to the Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, and the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. The groups argue that Aotearoa’s antiquated legislation on bottom trawling lags behind the rest of the world.

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Ancient coral and deep water species are being destroyed by deep sea trawling. See more here.

Bottom trawling is one of the most damaging forms of fishing and can destroy entire underwater ecosystems, which, as evidence suggests, may never recover. It happens when a huge, weighted net is dragged along the sea floor, leaving destruction in its wake. The catch can include ancient coral forest and a multitude of non-target species.

Sign the petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/nz-government-stop-the-fishing-industry-destroying-ancient-coral-forests

Watch the the video here:

https://legasea.co.nz/2019/05/15/joint-effort-to-save-kauri-forests-of-our-ocean/

Legasea – You cannot be serious

Dear Friend

LegaSea appreciates your willingness to stay abreast of the issues affecting our taonga, our marine treasures. This month we want to give you an insight into our latest work, and signal what’s coming our way over the next few years.

The Ministry’s latest proposals, the Fisheries Change Programme, has quota shareholders licking their lips in anticipation of fewer regulations, no minimum size limits for the fish they take, and quota increases.

We do not want more dead fish. In March we sent MPI a submission advocating that closing inshore areas to trawling and seining would be a good start. A closure would be simple to enforce and would help protect spawning and juvenile fish and habitats.

In addition, we encourage you to review the latest news from our FishCare team. Thanks also for your recent feedback, keep it coming.

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