Comment of the Day

On Snapper by regular commenter Bloke in Takapuna:

As a mad-keen fisho of over 40+ years, I’m “ok” with most of this. Certainly the commercial netters and long-liners need greater scrutiny and observation due to their huge take on the fisheries.

But the reduced bag limit and increase in size – on balance – is a good thing for NZ overall. On my boats in the past and when fishing with friends, our own personal “limit” has always been 30cm+ and not once have we ever been tempted to keep the total bag limit of snapper – even when fishing for a few families. Fresh is best. Frozen – not so much. 

Besides, there’s still John Dory, Kawahai, Trevally, squid, Kingi’s, Hapuka etc that aren’t included in the reduced bag limits – so no family will “starve” if the fisho can actually catch something.

As NZ gets more population, there will be more recreational fisho’s – however they should never be penalised to the benefit of the commercial guys! The commercial guys are where all the tonnage is taken… as well as the scum that the Fisheries Officers catch on Coast Watch!

Harsher penalties – no wrist slap with wet bus tickets – is what is required for both commercial and recreational fisho’s. Ignorance of the law is no excuse (Unless you’re a Labour Party trying to defend your $840K “overspend” at election time)

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