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Gloves Off in Battle for Fishing Rights

The Ministry of Fisheries is about to commence work on developing a Shared Fisheries Policy. This process will go directly to the core issue of defining the rights of recreational fishers now, and into the future. If you are a recreational fisher then this is EVERYTHING.

There is only one certainty, if recreational fishers fail to engage at the highest level possible, they will lose.

Shared Fisheries

The Minister urges option4 to work with MFish on the Shared Fisheries Policy. Then he will "consider any need for direct meetings with stakeholder groups".

The Ministry is developing a policy to address long-standing concerns over allocation and management in shared fisheries, where both commercial and non-commercial fishers have an interest. option4 will be fully engaged in this process during 2006. More detail here..........

Hokianga Accord

Promising developments are coming from meeting with Ngapuhi, Ngati Wai, Ngati Whatua at the recent hui. Recreational fishers have been invited to join the regional customary forum. option4, NZBGFC and the NZRFC are all keen to participate. Find out how this has come about and the progress that has been made over the past few months......

Fisheries Management

Proportional Allocations

It seems the Ministry are using the conservation efforts of non-commercial fishers to supplement over fishing by the commercial sector. Read what option4 have to say about the MFish proportional proposals for important fisheries.

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Marine Protection

Taputeranga (Wellington south coast) Marine Reserve

MFish has agreed to extend the submission deadline to 3rd February for those who did not receive notice of the concurrence process during November 2005. More details here.......

Huge potential for achieving the goal of "more fish in the water" exists in the use of Maori Customary management tools. Exciting progress is being made in discussions between our team, Maori and MFish.

Read the latest developments in the marine reserve applications/ proposals for Great Barrier Island, Mimiwhangata, Nugget Point, Akaroa and much more........


Give option4 your mandate to represent your interests in the debate for your fishing future.


Only by standing together can we win the battle for fishing rights.


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The option4 principles are worth fighting for!

option4 Objective
To carry the four principles of option4 all the way through the rights redefinition process and to have those principles enshrined in legislation.

 option4 Principles
A priority right over commercial fishers for free access to a reasonable daily bag-limit to be written into legislation.
The ability to exclude commercial methods that deplete recreationally important areas
The ability to devise plans to ensure future generations enjoy the same or better quality of rights while preventing fish conserved for recreational use being given to the commercial sector.
No licensing of recreational fishers.



A balanced approach to marine protection


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