Victory for common sense- widespread ban on set netting

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    Today it was announced that a variety of regional bans and other restrictions on set netting, trawling and drift netting in the coastal waters.

    Hopefully it would allow fish stocks to recover and improve fishing for all.


    I agree totally it will allow the fish stocks to build up in the coastal waters of cloudy and clifford bays and give us beach fisherman a chance to catch a feed of fish each time we go out. My pick is that the stocks should pick up realitively quickly which will be good especially for the rig catching prospects which get get hounded by the comercial guys in these two bays but i guess though it’ll mean less fish and chips!!!


    My favourite and local fish and chip store standard fish is Hoki and that would not be affected. Although from what I have heard the hoki fishing is on the point of collasp. Shame trawling for flounders and dredeging is being allowed to continue.

    I was lisetening to Newstalk ZB for part of the afternoon and the commercial guys are in denial or just plan ignorant over the stock levels of the inshore fisheries. Fish levels have been in massive decline, I suspect we are managing the last 5-10% in most cases. If anyone needs any proof, just read this report.

    Fish populations in a tidal estuary in Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand from 1971 to 2004.
    J. R. Bray and G. J. Struik (2006).

    [b:zjk8in02]SHORT ABSTRACT[/b:zjk8in02]
    Fish netted in a tidal New Zealand estuary from 1971 to 2004 declined between 1971-74
    and 2001-04 by 46% in percent occupied tides, 70% in number per tide, 71% in weight
    per fish, 91% in weight per tide, 48% in length per fish and 85% in length per tide.
    There was a shift from Early to Mid Dominant species followed by fluctuation between
    Later Dominants and, briefly, Invaders. Degree of interspecific association was
    significantly dependent on food preference, a seasonal variable and level of intraspecific
    association. Spring precipitation was positively related to increases in fish weight and
    length, followed in the next year by increases in number, weight and length per tide.


    That’s great news. It will be interesting to see how much difference it makes.

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