I am very pleased to report our conference and AGM held 1st & 2nd of July were great successes. With numbers attending up from previous years it is obvious the new direction is finding favour with the fishing public. NZRFC membership of most types is increasing and I see this trend accelerating following the interesting presentations made at the conference and ratification of our strategic plan at the AGM.
Reports on the conference can be found elsewhere on the site but the highlights were the commitment from our politicians to support reform and the outstanding contributions made by Len Olyott and Martin Salter. They both warned about being complacent and relying on central Government to protect our access to abundant fisheries. Their message was we need to step up and take control of our own destiny, set our own agendas, provide our own support and tell the decision makers just what we expect.
It is not hard to find fault with the present management and allocation systems run buy the Government where something in excess of 95% of all sustainable fishing allowances are allocated to commercial interests. These figures speak for themselves and we at the NZRFC don’t accept they are either fair or reasonable. Don’t be fooled by those who claim everything is ok and the Government will look after us because history proves they won’t!
The NZRFC is the only national organisation with open membership catering for anyone from individuals to national groups and has a fully democratic structure with financial accountability. We stand on our record of real achievements gained over the last three decades and look forward to your support as we seek to strengthen your representation.
We believe this can best be achieved by seeking an organisation with statutory recognition giving it the ability to report directly to Government not having either its agenda or advice watered down by ministry bureaucracy.