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canuck
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Fish and Game

Post by canuck » Fri May 01, 2020 3:30 pm

Fish and Game having problems?

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/300 ... tervention

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Re: Fish and Game

Post by Johnno » Sat May 02, 2020 10:56 am

There have been problems in some ( not all) areas for a long time now.
It’s all coming to a head.
Watch this space.....



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Re: Fish and Game

Post by PhilHaslam » Sun May 03, 2020 9:01 pm

Hmm a rather public change of leadership...

https://youtu.be/y1wH0V9vah4



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Re: Fish and Game

Post by PhilHaslam » Tue May 05, 2020 8:11 pm

So what are the problems? Not immediately apparent to this humble fly angler.



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Re: Fish and Game

Post by Johnno » Wed May 06, 2020 6:38 am

The pres. of NZFFA makes some good points. This excerpt from the recent Newsletter email..

I think it’s entirely appropriate that DoC butt out.


President’s Comment

Proposed review of Fish & Game
The recent video conference of the F&G National Council meeting attended by the Minister of Conservation and Mervyn English, DOC’s Director of Governance, was disturbing.
It appears DOC plans to (opportunistically) take advantage of F&G’s tenuous financial position, exacerbated by COVID-19, to undertake an “independent” review of F&G.
Almost from the inception of New Zealand’s acclimatisation societies, Government departments/ministries have been covertly &/or overtly attempting to wrest control of our freshwater recreational fisheries.
It appears DOC is trying this on with the NZ acclimatisation societies’ successor F&G.
A review of F&G may be no bad thing 30 years after its formation, but such a review should be managed by F&G’s National Council without political interference.
F&G and its predecessor are valued New Zealand institutions that have done more to protect New Zealand’s freshwater resources than any Government body.
DOC is compromised by entering into a NZ$20 million deal with Fonterra and DairyNZ, spread over ten years to study freshwater pollution. The dairy industry is this country’s biggest user and polluter of our freshwater resources. In Canterbury there is a joint DOC/Fonterra project looking at the LII catchment. The LII has twelve long established dairy farms in a catchment situated on heavy lowland water logged anaerobic soils which typically reduce nitrate in the groundwater.
The adjoining Selwyn River catchment is Canterbury’s “problem child” fed by aquifers heavy polluted with nitrate and pathogens from the large scale dairying made possible by the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme. This is the primary source of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere’s world class pollution requiring a NZ$300 million dollar fix. This is the catchment requiring study.
F&G’s value lies in its generational knowledge and its grass roots angler advocacy.
Ministers have short-lived/ephemeral careers, yet their policy can deliver consequences that last for generations. Government Ministries are “captured” by the latest policies of a Minister driven by short term political expediency.
The MfE’s recent Our Freshwater 2020 report records a sorry tale of continued pollution, inadequate monitoring, and an increased number of threatened species.
It would be disastrous for New Zealand if F&G were taken over by a Ministry such as DOC and the country’s only effective freshwater advocate was lost.
For this reason the NZFFA expresses strong support for the continuance of F&G

Dr Peter Trolove
President
NZFFA



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Re: Fish and Game

Post by fraser hocks » Wed May 06, 2020 12:46 pm

Pretty disturbing read hey? I must say iv HUGE concerns for F&G at the moment. If it were to be lost and absorbed into DOC then that could see the end of an advocacy group for trout in NZ and ultimately their possibly having an anti trout group managing the fishery. Spelling the start of the end of trout fishing in NZ. :(


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Re: Fish and Game

Post by marlsounds » Wed May 13, 2020 9:16 pm

This is pretty shocking. I read about the F&G politics, but wasn't aware of the proposed DOC intervention. This is unacceptable and F&G need to remain at arms length from this Government department. Thanks @Johnno for posting Peter's commentary. Eye-opening. Got me visiting the NZFFA website - I see they have a new look. https://nzffa.com/

Re F&G review by DOC, what can we do though? Surely we need to wait for the review findings and then lobby for the best result for our fishery?



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Re: Fish and Game

Post by fraser hocks » Thu May 28, 2020 9:53 am

What's really interesting is that the environment minister has no power what so ever to demand an audit or review.

I can't say I know much about the current council, but sounds like the farmers plan to infiltrate F&G is going well?


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