UK angling expert speaks at NZ Recreational Fishing Council Conference
The NZ Recreational Fishing Council is pleased to announce a last minute addition to their Fostering Change conference in New Plymouth on 1st – 2nd July. Martin Salter, who was the former UK Parliamentary Spokesman for angling in the Blair and Brown governments and who is currently on a fishing and writing sabbatical in Australia, is going to speak to his recently released report on recreational fishing in Australia.
This report, Keep Australia Fishing, is a comprehensive report on how to “secure the future of recreational fishing and counter more effectively the threats to our sport, lifestyle and in some cases, our livelihoods.” Martin canvassed views from around Australia and examined examples of good practice from around the world. During his research “it became clear that while Australia has more fishos per head of population than most other countries, we are woefully behind the game in terms of our ability to influence policy and punch our true weight in the corridors of power.”
He wants “to see a strong national peak body for the three million plus Aussie anglers supported by a vigorous US style Keep Australia Fishing campaign lobbying against unjustified restrictions on our sport and lifestyle. A campaign that will challenge the real threats to our fisheries, which are of course, pollution, habitat destruction and unsustainable netting – not recreational fishing.”
As we in New Zealand grapple with how we can better protect our abundant fisheries and ensure there is ongoing access for recreational fishers to the fisheries now and into the future – it is important that we take this opportunity to learn from Martin’s experience.
Martin joins a line up of stimulating speakers at the conference, including the ex Chief Executive of RecFish Australia, Len Olyott; key fishing media editors Grant Dixon and Daryl Crimp and leaders of two other recreational sport models in NZ of the Fish and Game Council and the Game and Forest Foundation. Politicians from the main political parties will share their views in a panel following the keynotes from the Minister of Fisheries, Hon Phil Heatley and Hon Peter Dunne.
Marine recreational fishing is a passion for many New Zealanders. At the NZRFC conference you will hear cutting edge ideas on the best practices for managing recreational fisheries. Have your say and be part of Fostering Change for a better future for all who fish in New Zealand for food or fun.