Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Estuary anglers warned of regulations

Media release from Otago Fish & Game

Estuary anglers warned of regulations

Boat and land based salmon anglers are being warned to buy a fishing licence if they intend to fish near any Otago river or stream mouth to avoid prosecution.

Otago Fish & Game operations manager Ian Hadland says his rangers have been taking an educational approach to the issue so far but a recent increase in the level of offending means that an upscaled compliance effort is required, and more offence notices will be issued.

The requirement for a freshwater sportsfishing licence when fishing at a river mouth is nothing new but what is less well known is that the freshwater sportsfish area of jurisdiction actually extends 500m out to sea off every river mouth.

“What that means is that if you are fishing with gear that could take a trout or salmon at the river mouth, a ranger can legitimately request a licence and if you are unable to produce one, your gear could be seized and you could find yourself in court.”

Mr Hadland says a good run of salmon in east coast rivers this year has driven many anglers to river mouths over summer and some are not aware of the regulations about bag limits, methods or licencing. The worst area for non compliance has been the Leith and Taieri River mouths.

“Land and boat based salmon anglers fishing the harbour around the yacht club and at the Leith mouth wall all require a fishing licence, as do people fishing below the Taieri mouth bridge,” Mr Hadland points out.

He says some people get quite a surprise to learn that Fish & Game has jurisdiction over areas which appear to be in the marine area. He urges people to consult the regulations before they take to the water for a spot of salmon fishing, including bag limits and rod limits.

“The last thing that we want to be doing is seizing people's fishing equipment and writing out offences for easily avoidable offences. If you want to catch a salmon or trout at the river mouth, get a licence – it’s that simple.”

Additional Notes:

• A sportsfishing licence is required for any sportsfish angling in freshwater.

Under the Conservation Act 'freshwater' means—

o (a) all waters of rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, lagoons, wetlands, impoundments, canals, channels, watercourses, or other bodies of water whether naturally occurring or artificially made:

o (b) all waters of estuaries or coastal lagoons:

o (c) all other fresh or estuarine waters where freshwater fish indigenous to or introduced into New Zealand are found:

o (d) all waters in the mouth of every river or stream, and the mouth of every river and stream shall be deemed to include every outlet thereof and the seashore between those outlets and the waters of the sea or lying within a distance of 500 metres from any place where at low tide the waters of a river or stream meet the waters of the sea

• With the exception of the Leith mouth, a licence is not required for salmon fishing at the top of the habour basin or elsewhere in the harbour.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news