1st MAY 2016
LAKE PUPUKE CHALLENGE
North Shore Fly Fishers Inc. announces a fishing competition to be held on Sunday 1st May 2016 from 7:00am to 3:30pm. The objective is to promote Lake Pupuke as a fishing spot and to obtain some data about fish numbers, size and condition that will assist the Auckland / Waikato Fish and Game Council in the management of the Lake Pupuke fishery.
- No entry fee or registration. All participants (including juniors) must present a current Fish & Game Licence to collect prizes.
- Any legal fishing method. Sports Fishing Regulations (the most important points are given on the overleaf) must be observed.
- Weigh-in at the Sylvan park reserve, on the elevated area near the car park and toilet block from 3:30 pm. Estimated length of undersized trout or trout that were released would be also appreciated. Prize giving shortly thereafter.
- Anglers keep fish.
- No litter to be left in the water or on the land.
- No motorboats permitted on the Lake. Anyone using watercraft is requested to observe water safety regulations and use a life jacket.
- Anglers participate at their own risk. An adult must supervise children under 12 years of age.
PRIZES FOR THE LAKE PUPUKE CHALLENGE
1st Heaviest Trout An Aluminium Trout Net from Hunts plus $30 Gift Voucher. Total value $84.
2nd Second Heaviest Trout A Snowbee Classic Trout Fishing Bag with Waterproof Lining from Hunts plus $30 Gift Voucher. Total value $84.
3rd Heaviest Trout caught by a Primary or Secondary School Student $30 Fish City Gift
4th Heaviest Alternative Fish Species (not trout) $30 Totally Fly Gift Voucher.
5th Three drawn spot prizes for junior anglers attending weigh in. Participants to pick ticket up at weigh in station between 3:00-3:30 pm 3 x $30 Hunts Sports Gift Vouchers
There is a link that will take you the Kaipara Councils website where you can make a submission.
If you feel strongly about this and still haven’t made a submission please do so now as there are only a few days left for submissions to be accepted.
Crown’s proposed deal with Ngati Tuwharetoa has anglers on alert after including harvesting of fish option.
Groups representing anglers are concerned that part of the Crown’s deal with Ngati Tuwharetoa involves a form of trout farming. Photo / Alan Gibson
A letter from the Department of Conservation addressed to members of the Taupo Fishery Advisory Committee has been described as proposing "trout farming by stealth" and is certain to raise the ire of trout anglers and the tourist industry.
The leaked letter, dated June 5, states the Crown and the Tuwharetoa Hapu Forum on behalf of Ngati Tuwharetoa have signed an agreement in principle for the settlement of Ngati Tuwharetoa's historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, which include "redress proposals" concerning the Tongariro National Trout Centre.
According to the DoC letter, these include "arrangements for Ngati Tuwharetoa to use a raceway and any other existing facilities not required by DoC and the ability to construct new facilities ... for the purposes of raising trout to harvest for important occasions".
The letter, signed by Kim Alexander-Turia, DoC's conservation services manager for Taupo Fishery, proposes that "DoC work with Ngati Tuwharetoa cadets to develop the skills required to raise and harvest trout at the Tongariro National Trout Centre".
The letter said a meeting would be held with representatives from the Taupo Fishery Advisory Committee on July 7 at the Taupo DoC office to discuss the issue.
Asked about the contents of her letter, Ms Alexander-Turia referred the Herald to the Office of Treaty Settlements.
A spokesman for the office said: "The agreement in principle does not allow for commercial trout farming. The use of the raceway is to raise trout for cultural purposes only. We believe this arrangement will enhance the educational and cultural role of the Tongariro Trout Centre."
However, Tony Orman, executive member of the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers, said the proposals in the letter "set a dangerous move towards allowing commercial farming of trout, an issue which over the decades has been strongly resisted by the trout fishing public".
"It's the thin edge of the wedge. Successive governments have turned down strong lobby efforts by commercial exploiters to allow trout farming," said Mr Orman, author of nine books on trout fishing.
"Trout farming would put at risk New Zealand's world-famous wild trout fisheries, which attract many overseas anglers and earn New Zealand multi-millions in tourism. It would be lunacy to endanger that."
Mr Orman said it was incongruous that DoC was proposing "a form of trout farming" when DoC received anglers' licence money for Taupo to represent the interests of recreational licence holders.
Bryce Johnson, chief executive of Fish & Game New Zealand, also questions the constitutional basis for an inclusion in a historical Treaty of Waitangi claim when trout were not introduced to New Zealand until the late 1800s, long after the Treaty was signed.
"Successive court cases have explicitly confirmed that trout, as an introduced species for sports fishing, are not a consideration under the Treaty, so where is the legal basis for this proposal?" Mr Johnson asked.
Allan Simmons, a Taupo-Tongariro fishing guide for nearly 30 years and president and outdoors spokesman for United Future, said: "This current proposal looks like a devious attempt to bring in trout farming under the guise of Treaty settlements and utilise facilities that have been funded by anglers' licences."
- NZ Herald
Anglers are being warned to avoid eating fish caught in back country waters as they could be tainted by 1080 poison.
The Department of Conservation plans to aerially drop 1080 poison across 700,000 hectares of conservation land, mostly in the South Island, to reduce rodent numbers.
Fishing groups expressed concerns that mice - which were often eaten by trout - could carry sub-lethal amounts of 1080, posing a food safety risk for humans.
DOC commissioned independent research into the risk, finding 1080 levels in trout flesh were significantly higher than recognised food safety guidelines.
Fish & Game New Zealand chief executive Bryce Johnson said the results were "not a good look" for New Zealand's so-called 100 per cent pure environmental brand.
“Anglers fishing back country waters, including overseas anglers who come here because of the trout fishery’s international reputation, have always been able to assume that it is totally safe to catch a trout and eat it. Sadly, this turns that over," he said.
DOC's massive 1080 operation had been planned in response to an anticipated "mouse plague" after beech forests produced large crops of seed this year, giving the rodents extra food.
“While we understand why DOC is doing this, the findings from this recent research has added a very significant and concerning new dimension to the 1080 debate”, Johnson said.
He believed the ramifications of the operation would extend "well beyond" the poison sites, but said Fish & Game had "been left with no choice" but to support DOC's warning to anglers.
He called for further research to provide a more accurate picture of the possible risks.
“Fish and Game is not saying don’t go fishing in the back country, just don’t eat the fish," Johnson said.
Department of Conservation boss Lou Sanso played down claims that trout pose a health risk.
''You would have to eat tonnes of trout to be affected,’’ he said.
''Overall the risks are very low.''
The department undertook research at the request of the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers, Sanson said.
The research involved feeding trout high levels of 1080 in the lab and the preliminary results showed that trout take up small amounts of 1080 into their flesh which breaks down over a number of days.
The results were only laboratory tests, they were not peer reviewed and would need to be replicated in the field to establish their credibility, he said.
The research was done at the Cawthron Institute laboratories, Swanson said.
- The Press
Following on from discussions at the last two Club Meetings, attached is an excerpt from the website for Eastern Region F&G regarding a change to the regulations to the effect that bait fishing should be permitted in “an easy to access” Rotorua lake, and Okareka is put forward as one such lake. This proposed change is causing great concern to some Rotorua anglers who believe that if bait fishing is allowed, coarse fishermen may sooner or later quietly slip perch or carp into the lake. As happened to Lakes Pupuke and Otatoa, and others in the Auckland area. The Rotorua area is a major Trout Fishing tourism destination and other species being released there could be devastating.
Please share your views on this, pro or against, with Fish and Game as soon as possible. The decision will be made on the 11th June. Check out their website under Fishing rules – have you say. (The Ruatakuri issue is also part of these possible changes.) http://eastern.fishandgame.org.nz/newsitem/fishing-rules-have-your-say .