Fishers called on to follow the rules during RWC celebrations
9 September 2011
The Ministry of Fisheries today called on recreational fishers to adhere to the fishing rules when they are celebrating (or commiserating) over the course of the Rugby World Cup.
MAF Director General Wayne McNee said he encouraged fishers to enjoy the bounty of the sea and to share it with our international visitors, but that the fishing rules were there for a reason.
“New Zealand has one of the best marine environments and fisheries in the world,” he said. “We should showcase it and make sure our visitors sample the huge variety on offer. We must also exercise restraint and let those we’re hosting know there are fair size and bag limits we all need to respect.
“Paua and rock lobster (crayfish) are two iconic Kiwi species visitors will want to try – and so they should. Both are delicacies that need to be looked after for their future sustainability.”
The recreational scallop season in the Auckland/Kermadec area (including Northland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and the Kaipara Harbour) is now open. “New Zealand scallops are superb and well worth trying. Savour the experience,” Mr McNee said.
There are size and bag limits for many species, including paua, rock lobster and scallops. Because there are some regional and other variations it’s always worth checking the rules on www.fish.govt.nz, at your local Ministry office, or text 9889 with the name of the species in the body of the text.
Mr McNee said Fishery Officers and Honorary Fishery Officers would be out and about throughout the Cup helping locals and visitors alike understand the rules.
“It’s all about information and awareness,” he said. “We want people to participate in and enjoy our superb marine environment and fishing, and also to respect it at the same time.
“The Ministry won’t hesitate to enforce the rules if that’s what’s needed. I encourage local fishers to let our visitors know what the rules are and where they can find out about them.”
Anyone seeing anything suspicious or illegal in our fisheries should call 0800 4 POACHER (0800 476 224).
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