of the Sea
the option4 team
This article was originally
published in the New Zealand Fishing News June 2008 edition.
much of the country goes into a financial tailspin there
is hope on the horizon for those wanting “more fish
in the water” with the added benefit of tax relief.
of the Sea Charitable Trust has been established to champion
healthy fisheries, sustainable practices and assist people
who care for their environment.
The Guardians are now seeking contributions from individuals,
groups, companies and other Trusts to establish a capital
fund. This will be used to support organisations, innovation
and education that contribute to healthy fisheries and the
wellbeing of all New Zealanders.
timely change to the tax laws in April means the cap on charitable
donations has now been removed, allowing people to make a
gift and claim a tax deduction of 33.3 percent.
There are some qualifiers
to this, for further explanation contact the Trustees or secretary
Fox, an Auckland company director, is chairman of the Trust
Board. All five trustees have complementary business skills
and an empathy with the Guardian’s objectives that
Achieve “more fish in the water” through promoting
excellence in sustainable management
cooperation between all interests in fisheries and the
community understanding and the benefits of kaitiakitanga
Grants have already been made including several to a Napier
trawlerman, Rick Burch, who is testing innovative techniques
yielding dramatic reductions in juvenile mortality, bycatch
and fuel consumption while reducing seafloor contact by 95
percent. Exciting developments for the sustainability of our
fisheries and environment.
An urgent review of section 13 of the Fisheries Act 1996 is
underway due to a recent High Court decision that went against
the Fisheries Minister. option4, the Hokianga Accord and NZ
Big Game Fishing Council have jointly written to the Minister
offering to assist in the amendment process. A record of correspondence
is online at the section
and Hectors Dolphins
20th was the last day for submissions on the most recent dolphin
information released by the Ministry of Fisheries and Department
of Conservation. MFish received few submissions, most were
focussed more on the process than the information released
advice should be with the Minister by mid-May and a decision
is expected by the end of the month. Read the brief option4
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