RECREATIONAL FISHING SUBMISSIONS TO CLOSE SOON
1 November 2000
The Ministry of Fisheries reminds marine fishers that they have just one month left, until November 30, to make submissions on how they want recreational fishing managed in the future.
"To date the Ministry has received over 200 submissions on the Soundings discussion document," said MFish Deputy Chief Executive Stan Crothers.
"Almost 60,000 brochures and over 12,000 discussion documents have been sent out. A total of 858 requests for further information have been received, 29 public meetings held, and meetings are still being held with fishing clubs and other groups who have requested them. The Ministry is also in the process of consulting with Maori.
"We know many more people want to have their say on the future of recreational fishing. There has been widespread debate in the news media on the various options presented, including that put up by the Option 4 group, and we are keen to see further vigorous debate.
"We want to encourage everyone with an interest in recreational fishing to send us their ideas. All submissions will be properly analysed against the purposes and principles of the Fisheries Act 1996."
Submissions should be sent to Freepost 67219, Ministry of Fisheries, PO Box 1020, Wellington. Further information is available on the Ministry website www.fish.govt.nz under Recreational Fishing.
For further information please contact
Stan Crothers, Deputy Chief Executive, Ministry of Fisheries
Phone 04 470 2600