Your mandate is valuable
option4 believes it will be licensing and the wholesale change to who holds the right and mandate of recreational fishing interests that will kill these initiatives.
The right to fish, like the right to breathe, is a human right attached to each individual, and so it must stay.
These moves to push for a mandated recreational institution are designed to take the fishing right from individuals and vest that authority with a national body funded by a licensing regime.
Every New Zealander’s access and right to fish will then be conditioned by a sub-group of the public, not our Parliamentary representatives. And while we might not always get what we want from our fisheries Ministers at least they are accountable come election day.
Politicians are well aware of the staunch opposition to licensing. A recent NZ Fishing News poll registered 70 percent opposition to licensing and it was the Soundings proposal that sparked option4 and 100,000 people into action 11 years ago.
There is nothing in these latest proposals that offers any meaningful benefits for the public or our fisheries.
option4 will not support licensing nor the transfer of free, individual fishing rights to a state-mandated organisation.
The right to fish belongs to every New Zealander living now or in the future.