Concession works as intended

Concession works as intended

With regard to Keith Ingram’s recent reply to Gordon Halley’s opinion on CRA3 . . . Keith’s view on the so-called lack of legal crayfish in and around the Gisborne region is nothing short of fabricated propaganda and is based mainly on comments from a very small number of fishers who don’t know how to catch them. Also, there is no science to back up the claims of recreational not being able to take home 54mm fish. Well, none that I have read.

My own data shows that using only three pots, I have caught 293 fish from 73 pot lifts since mid-November — which is 4.01 fish per pot. Contained within this data is that for the first week I fished within easy reach of people in small dinghies, 135 fish from 23 pot lifts for 5.8 fish/pot. This is pretty much what I am told also for what those fishing within close proximity of Gisborne were getting.

Since the introduction of the 52mm concession I have witnessed a dramatic increase in not only fish in the pots, but also numbers of legal fish at 54mm.

Not all Gisborne people want the concession removed. The problem with science is that it sometimes doesn’t reflect what is actually happening out there.

The CRA3 concession is doing exactly what I feel it was designed to do — to create abundance. I’m sure people think abundance is about how much legal fish they can take, which is not true. Abundance is about how much fish are actually in the sea. I can tell you that there is a healthy abundance of all sizes of crayfish.

My belief is that with the cray fishermen taking concession-sized fish during the winter period of June, July and August (no females), they are then out of the water for the rest of the year and do not look to be back in it until around January 15 at the earliest. More importantly, they are not fishing when recreational demand is at its highest.

Now, should the concession be removed I can tell you that the cray boys would go back to fishing 24/7, 365 days of the year — meaning we would be back to spatial conflict once again, which has also been one of the aggravating issues here.

Does it really matter whether or not there is a differing size limit? Many parts of the country have different size and bag limits for certain other species for recreational, yet no one complains about this.

The recreational sector needs to realise that all our fisheries are shared and, although we may not get all we desire as recreational, it is about being able to compromise — which is how I see the CRA3 area. I would rather have commercial fish three to four months of the year than all 12 months.

Keith comments that his advocacy is for 32 individuals, groups and clubs and that it is their mandate he speaks on behalf of. I would be interested to know just who he speaks for. Keith also states that commercial fishers up the coast don’t land 52mm fish during winter — this is incorrect, Mahia is the only area that doesn’t land 52mm but this is a voluntary agreement between fishers down there.

Lastly, what no one wishes to acknowledge let alone do anything about is the amount of poaching carried out in the Gisborne region, which amounts to around 89 tonnes — as it’s in the too-hard basket. Advocacy groups and individuals find it much easier to blame MPI or commercial than look at themselves.

With regard to Keith Ingram’s recent reply to Gordon Halley’s opinion on CRA3 . . . Keith’s view on the so-called lack of legal crayfish in and around the Gisborne region is nothing short of fabricated propaganda and is based mainly on comments from a very small number of fishers who don’t know how to catch them. Also, there is no science to back up the claims of recreational not being able to take home 54mm fish. Well, none that I have read.

My own data shows that using only three pots, I have caught 293 fish from 73 pot lifts since mid-November — which is 4.01 fish per pot. Contained within this data is that for the first week I fished within easy reach of people in small dinghies, 135 fish from 23 pot lifts for 5.8 fish/pot. This is pretty much what I am told also for what those fishing within close proximity of Gisborne were getting.

Since the introduction of the 52mm concession I have witnessed a dramatic increase in not only fish in the pots, but also numbers of legal fish at 54mm.

Not all Gisborne people want the concession removed. The problem with science is that it sometimes doesn’t reflect what is actually happening out there.

The CRA3 concession is doing exactly what I feel it was designed to do — to create abundance. I’m sure people think abundance is about how much legal fish they can take, which is not true. Abundance is about how much fish are actually in the sea. I can tell you that there is a healthy abundance of all sizes of crayfish.

My belief is that with the cray fishermen taking concession-sized fish during the winter period of June, July and August (no females), they are then out of the water for the rest of the year and do not look to be back in it until around January 15 at the earliest. More importantly, they are not fishing when recreational demand is at its highest.

Now, should the concession be removed I can tell you that the cray boys would go back to fishing 24/7, 365 days of the year — meaning we would be back to spatial conflict once again, which has also been one of the aggravating issues here.

Does it really matter whether or not there is a differing size limit? Many parts of the country have different size and bag limits for certain other species for recreational, yet no one complains about this.

The recreational sector needs to realise that all our fisheries are shared and, although we may not get all we desire as recreational, it is about being able to compromise — which is how I see the CRA3 area. I would rather have commercial fish three to four months of the year than all 12 months.

Keith comments that his advocacy is for 32 individuals, groups and clubs and that it is their mandate he speaks on behalf of. I would be interested to know just who he speaks for. Keith also states that commercial fishers up the coast don’t land 52mm fish during winter — this is incorrect, Mahia is the only area that doesn’t land 52mm but this is a voluntary agreement between fishers down there.

Lastly, what no one wishes to acknowledge let alone do anything about is the amount of poaching carried out in the Gisborne region, which amounts to around 89 tonnes — as it’s in the too-hard basket. Advocacy groups and individuals find it much easier to blame MPI or commercial than look at themselves.

(Why?)

Published at Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:42:07 +0000

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