Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Minister encourages compliance as new whitebait season open

Hon Dr Nick Smith

Minister of Conservation

15 August 2013       Media Statement

Minister encourages compliance as new whitebait season opens   

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith was up at the crack of dawn this morning to join in the opening of the 2013 whitebaiting season at Waimea Inlet near Nelson and to encourage compliance with the whitebait regulations.

“I want people to get out and enjoy this traditional recreational past-time but I also want whitebaiters to respect the rules to ensure a sustainable fishery for future years. I am not expecting a particularly good catch this season. Anecdotal evidence suggests that in drought years, particularly when autumn is dry like this year, whitebait eggs are more likely to dry out before they hatch meaning catches are less,” Dr Smith says.

The whitebait season runs from 15 August until 30 November and is allowed from 5am until 8pm, changing to 6am to 9pm when daylight savings comes in. This applies to all areas of New Zealand except the West Coast which has a shorter season from 1 September until 14 November. 

“DOC prosecutes more people each year for whitebaiting offences than any other conservation offence. This costs taxpayers and offenders when we would much rather people observe the rules. We need to get the message out about those rules and encourage compliance.

“DOC staff will be patrolling fishing sites to check whitebaiters are abiding by the whitebait fishing regulations such as only using one net at a time, staying within 10 metres of the net, and the net not exceeding more than one third of the water channel width. The regulations are backed up by fines of up to $5,000. DOC will be taking a firm line on enforcement to protect the fishery for future seasons and generations,” he says.

“I also urge whitebaiters to ensure they clean their nets and other gear between waterways to prevent the spread of didymo and other aquatic pests and weeds. This should be done regardless of where people are whitebaiting because it can take several years before we detect infestations like didymo.”

Information regarding the whitebaiting season and regulations can be found at www.doc.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

TV3 Video: Key 'Genuinely Couldn't Recall' Texts
Reaction: Greens | More

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel.

Ludicrously, the public has been given exactly one day to make submissions on these major infringements of their civil liberties. Despite Finlayson’s misleading signals on RNZ that these are only stopgaps until next year’s full review of our security laws, the measures in question will not, in fact, expire until 2018.

Why the insane rush? Good question. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Glenn Inquiry: Report Offers Solutions To Family Violence

The People’s Blueprint unveiled today by Sir Owen Glenn’s independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence outlines a new, more cohesive and effective system for reducing New Zealand’s alarmingly high family violence rates. More>>

ALSO:

Environment Commissioner: Changing Climate And Rising Seas - Understanding The Science

A rising sea will be with us for a long time to come – one way or another we will have to adapt. But how high and how fast the water rises will be influenced by the speed at which the world – including New Zealand – reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. More>>

ALSO:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news