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Fresh, New Recreational Fishing Policy to Be Unveiled

Fresh, New Recreational Fishing Policy to Be Unveiled

5 May 2014

UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne will unveil the party’s new “Recreational Only Species” fishing policy in Auckland at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show next Friday 16 May at noon.

“Recreational fishers have become increasingly marginalised by the commercial fishing industry and it is high time we rebalance things to recognise the importance of fishing to so many New Zealanders.”

“UnitedFuture has a great track record of advocating for and securing wins for the outdoor and recreational sectors” said Outdoors Spokesperson Alan Simmons.

This new policy contains a raft of tools that will enable the regulator to ensure that recreational fishers and Iwi do not come second to wholly commercial interests.

It will also contain an emphasis on education on fishing and propose further research into fishery management. This will safeguard into the future this nationally important recreational and commercial sector.

“We are increasingly concerned at the declining state of New Zealand’s fisheries.”

“Through this policy, UnitedFuture is setting a bottom line to ensure that Kiwis can keep fishing for generations to come and I look forward to unveiling it next Friday” Mr Dunne said.


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