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option4 Update #
26 - April 2003 Fishing News
Rights Reform Process - Reference
Officials and public fisher representatives have now met twice.
It seems we are making progress with the Ministry. Comprehensive
notes are being made of these meetings with an agreement that all
information is to be available to the public. The next meeting will
be crucial - next months Update will focus on the outcomes of these
meetings. By then, there will be a complete history of this phase
of the public fishing rights reform process online at www.option4.co.nz
The Volkner Rocks, Tiritiri Matangi and Fiordland proposals all
share one very disturbing process flaw - proposals that are intended
to last indefinitely being given very brief time frames for public
consultation. Those responsible for these initiatives are only allowing
about 12 weeks for the public to become aware of the facts. Combine
this with Christmas and there is almost no time for you to tune
in. Before you know it, the deadline is up and your opinions are
no longer required. The simple truth is that least 6 months is required
to get the very necessary round of public meetings and background
information out to you and then allow time for you to react. Clubs
require lots of time to achieve an agreed position statement. National
organisations need even longer. Those of you who simply fish for
food and don't belong to clubs etc often miss the first notifications.
The result - disappointed people who feel they have been ignored.
The most vital ingredient of a successful marine reserve surely
has to be strong public support. The process currently being employed
to consult hardly serves this purpose.
Soon we are to see applications or proposals launched for yet more
large areas of the Hauraki Gulf - the north east coast of Great
Barrier (very large area by all accounts) and the Noisies (apparently).
Biodiversity Strategy and Marine Reserve new initiative funding
has been provided for at least six other proposals. Those responsible
must give the public more time to get organised - unless, perhaps,
they don't want an organised public feedback/opinion!
Meanwhile the review of the Parliamentary select committee for
Local Government and the Environment is about to hear submissions
to the Marine Reserve Act 2002. The submissions made by NZRFC, NZBGFC
and MTA are on site for your perusal.
It is obvious, even at this very early stage, that there is a need
for a well-coordinated approach to the creation of Marine Reserves.
They need to be taken into account in the broader context of other
spatial controls, e.g. existing Marine Reserves, no fishing/no anchoring
cable zones and shipping channels, Aquaculture Management Areas
(AMA's), taiapure/mataitai areas being planned etc. To propose Marine
Reserves in an area where land usage/development is producing a
degrading effect upon the sea does not make sense. The ad hoc, piecemeal
approach being taken to date is not satisfactory. It is vital that
Marine Reserves are in the right places, for the right reasons.
Remember, they have no expiry date. What's the hurry? Political
agendas and ill-conceived and unjustified goals of 10% etc. Lets
get it right and not burden our children with unnecessary closures.
Some fascinating articles are now online at option4.co.nz. Dr Floor
Anthoni offers insight as to why many of the existing Marine Reserves
are not working http://option4.co.nz/tiritiriflooranthoni.htm while
the Americans work on new legislation to add sanity to the worldwide
movement to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) www.option4.co.nz/freedomtofishact.htm
Tiritiri Matangi Marine Reserve
Proposal from New Zealand Underwater.
The Tiri Action Group have done an awesome job of bringing this
proposal out into the open - the New Zealand Underwater Association
could take a leaf out of TAG's book on how to bring about real public
awareness and consultation. Please, don't hesitate, send those guys
a cheque right now. Show them you appreciate their efforts C/o Tiritiri
Action Group, PO Box 600, Whangaparoa.
The deadline for submissions has been extended to 31/3/03. Please
go online to option4 to access a growing list of Background Information
documents and the easy to use submission-making tool. Look under
the heading "Marine Reserves".
Guardians of Fiordland Proposals
Those of you who have asked for a copy of the proposal from the
Guardians are out of luck. option4 have been sent 10 copies and
have been asked to decide who "warrants" a copy. Those
who accepted the invitation to submit and requested a copy of the
Discussion Document miss out - fairly typical of the way these "public
consultations" are being conducted.
Subscribers to the online option4
DATABASE IS CRITICAL. The first time we met with the Minister of
Fisheries he made the statement that "an organised recreational
fishing lobby was an oxymoron" (an oxymoron is defined as a
combination of contradictory or incongruous words (as in cruel kindness
or deafening silence). Now that is a challenge. The letter of consensus
signed by NZRFC, NZBGFC, and option4 in December goes a long way
towards securing an organised recreational fishing lobby. The DATABASE
of option4 supporters is certainly delivering a strong, clear message
to the various situations/proposals that threaten to undermine our
right to fish for food. Now is the time for us to really get organised.
Please make an effort to subscribe to the Updates and Alerts online
- it costs nothing and allows you to bring friends and family into
the debate. Go to www.option4.co.nz and register yourself, use the
Promote A Friend tool to bring your friends and family into the
Strength is in numbers and YOUR numbers are growing daily. Your
right to fish for food is constantly being threatened, keep up to
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