Compliance education for recreational fishers
Fisheries Compliance has identified certain segments of the population that have higher levels of non-compliance with recreational fishing rules than desirable. Within these populations it appears that ignorance of the rules is a major contributor with social and cultural factors also playing a part.
A comprehensive initiative targeting at risk populations is being undertaken to educate and raise awareness of fishing rules, the reasons for these rules and the need for New Zealand to manage fisheries in a sustainable manner. The initiative includes school talks, community meetings, brochures describing fishing rules in various languages, more signage on at risk beaches, and more extensive use of the Honorary Fishery Officer network.