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Saturday, 7 th December 2002 the New Zealand Recreational Fishing
Council, New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council and option4 met and
finalised their "letter of consensus" to the Minister of Fisheries.
This letter may be read in full at http://option4.co.nz/consensus.htm
key points of the consensus are
developed during the Soundings process.
to non-commercial fishing as guaranteed by the cornerstone statement
in the 1989 Recreational Fishing Policy.
for legislative reform to implement the principles and preference
statement and to ensure the public sector is adequately resourced
to be an effective contributor to fisheries management.
of the capped proportional share concept.
requirement for improved information
Conclusion of the letter.. "Minister..the
purpose of this letter is to show to you that the recreational sector
is in consensus on the recreational fishing reform process. We feel
it entirely reasonable to expect to see some real effort put into
the recreational reform process by you and your Ministry, as promised.
Why have little or no resources been dedicated to furthering the
public fishing rights definition process since the tabling of the
Cabinet Paper in November 2001? Why are all MFish resources being
used to address the needs of the commercial sector (new species
into QMS and Aquaculture reforms to name a couple) while we stand
letter was sent to the Minister in anticipation of meeting him the
following Monday 16 th December. Already the consensus letterhead
has been used twice more - both times requesting time extensions
for submission preparation - see details below
with the Minister
Monday night, 16 th December 2002, those selected by the Minister
met with him in his offices in Wellington (again). The minutes of
that meeting have not been produced yet. Apologies were offered
by the Minister for the failure of his Ministry to progress the
rights debate in 2002, despite clear guidance from Cabinet to have
a single option for reform ready for report back to cabinet by February
2003. Clearly this is not going to happen. The Occasional Papers
were referred to. The public fisher representatives were adamant
that any process going forward must be transparent and respectful.
The result of the meeting was a commitment to meet again (in Auckland)
in January 2003.
last, the long promised papers arrived, immediately before Christmas.
They are to be found on site at http://option4.co.nz/occasionalpapers.htm
Shared Resource: Allocation between
stakeholders. This paper briefly describes
the matters the Minister of Fisheries is required to consider when
determining catch limits for particular fisheries and the process
followed in allocating the allowable catch between the various stakeholder
Legal Nature of Recreational Fishing Rights.
The purpose of this paper is to provide an understanding of the
constituent elements of the right to fish and the legal basis of
these elements. The discussion encompasses statutory arrangements,
international treaty obligations, and the obligations arising from
the Treaty of Waitangi.
to Maori~An Overview - This paper provides an overview
of the Crown's obligations to Maori in respect of fisheries and
places it in an historical context.
Maintaining the Marine Environment
and Recreational Fishing Rights .
This paper looks at the environmental and sustainability
issues that give rise to constraints on the right to fish.
purpose of these papers is primarily to provide background information
to inform discussions on the development of options to reform the
recreational fishing right. The papers have been peer reviewed by
public sector agencies - The Crown Law Office; The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Trade; The Ministry for the Environment; Ministry of
Maori Development and the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission.
The comments from these organisations have been incorporated into
is much work to do to analyse and respond to these papers. Any feedback
from you is most welcome. Please endeavour to read these papers
- heavy going - essential work.
Rocks Marine Reserve Proposal
response to a request for help from a number of local clubs and
individuals, option4, NZBGFC, NZRFC firstly sought a time extension.
This was felt to be entirely reasonable given the short two month
notification period with a deadline of 14 th January. This request
was turned down, although we learnt from this response from DOC
" brief objections are received no later than 14 January
2003, the objectors are entitled to elaborate or expand on the details
of that objection by providing a further written submission at a
later date." With that in mind we decided to activate the online
support network with option4 Alert # 1. With only 4 days to work
with, the online supporters delivered well over 400 objections,
many of which contained insightful comment. Those who objected now
have the right, until 14 th February to "elaborate" - if you have
a comment you would like to add to this elaboration please email
it or post it in c/o Fishing News. Well done Rick Pollock, Peter
(Basil) Campbell and Ross Gildon for your efforts and tenacity.
Watch this space
of Fiordland's proposals
before Christmas we (with NZBGFC and NZRFC) requested an extension
of time to prepare our submission to these wide-ranging proposals.
This request was granted. Thankyou Guardians. Next month we will
cover these proposals in more detail and outline our submission.
looks set to be a huge year for fisheries reform. Please stay tuned.
There is much you can do to ensure your kids enjoy something remotely
resembling the fishing experiences that we have been blessed with
in our lifetimes.