Due to successful promotion and educational initiatives the NZ Sport Fishing Council (formerly NZ Big Game FC) reports that for many years 65 percent of all recreationally-caught marlin have been released to fight another day.
As chairman of the NZ Marine Research Foundation John supported a satellite tagging programme of striped marlin. Results show detailed behaviour of fish for months after tagging and proved that almost all lure-caught fish survive, if released in good condition.
There are many achievements that can be attributed to the tenacity and principled approach John has taken to fisheries management over the years. Well done John and we look forward to more successes in the future.
Crayfish catch increases
option4 and the NZ Sport Fishing Council Zone 5 clubs jointly submitted on the recent rock lobster management proposals. Other non-commercial groups also commented on the management procedures suggested for crayfish stocks around Gisborne and the proposed doubling, almost, of the commercial catch limit in the Hawke Bay to Wellington region.
Common concerns relate to the Ministry of Fisheries’ concession that enables commercial fishers to take crayfish smaller than the normal legal size. These concessions exist in the Gisborne, Otago and Southland regions. In many areas this extraction has denied customary and amateur fishers access to sufficient numbers of legal crayfish.
While it maybe difficult to quantify the environmental impacts of allowing large numbers of small crayfish to be taken from the stock, most submitters urged the Minister of Fisheries to take a more precautionary management approach.
Rock lobster is a valuable fishery for all interests, commercial and non-commercial, and ought to be preserved for future generations of New Zealanders.