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ANGLER DEMAND HAS RESULTED IN ONE
of the biggest changes to the freshwater
fishing licence system in years, with Fish &
Game introducing several new types of licences for
the 2015-16 season.
Four new licence categories will provide more
flexibility and choice and are the result of research
by Fish & Game to find out what anglers want.
The new licences will reward loyalty, cater for
the desire to fish regionally rather than nationally,
and offer more flexible short term licences. They
are available for all of New Zealand, except for
the Taupo fishery, which is administered by the
Department of Conservation.
“This is the most significant refinement of
Fish & Game’s fishing licences in over a decade”,
said Licence Administration coordinator Robert
Sowman. “We have asked anglers what they want
and listened to their replies. As a result, we are now
introducing new categories that will give people
more choice and flexibility.”
“The new categories better suit the needs of
today’s freshwater anglers, while preserving the
premium grade status of the adult wholeseason
licence,” Sowman said.
The most significant new licence categories are
the local area and loyal senior licences.
The local area licence is available for people
who just want to fish in one Fish & Game Region. It
is cheaper than the national wholeseason licence,
but can’t be used outside the chosen region.
While it still allows access to restricted
backcountry fisheries, it is only for those fisheries
that exist in the region the angler originally
selected. The licence can’t be upgraded to a
national licence at a later date.
“This new local area licence allows anglers, who
for whatever reason won’t be travelling throughout
the country, to instead fish their local waters at a
lower price”, said Sowman.
The loyal senior licence rewards anglers over
the age of 65, who have bought a fishing licence
for at least the last five years. It allows the holder
to fish any trout or salmon stream anywhere in the
country, including designated backcountry waters.
“We appreciate the long term contribution
these anglers have made through licence fees over
the years and think that offering them a cheaper
licence is a good way of showing that appreciation”,
Two new short term licences are also being
introduced. The short break allows anglers, who
want to try fishing for the first time or just fish a
holiday weekend, to chase trout or salmon for three
consecutive days. The long break is excellent value
for anglers wanting to fish for longer. Because it
lasts for nine consecutive days, an angler can fish
for a weekend, the next five working days, and then
the following weekend.
“This is perfect for those wanting to head for
the bach over summer, or go away with mates for
a week’s fishing and have the opportunity to fish
both weekends”, said Sowman.
The existing adult wholeseason, non-resident
and family licences will continue to be offered.
“These are our premium category licences
New licence categories for young and old
The loyal senior licence rewards anglers over
the age of 65, who have bought a fishing
licence for at least the last five years
ANGLER DEMAND DRIVES
NEW LICENCE CATEGORIES
and offer the greatest value and flexibility. These
licences are valid in all Fish & Game Regions
nationwide and provide access to some of the best
trout fishing anywhere in the world, every day of
the year,” he said.
Young anglers have not been forgotten in
the new licence regime. Children 11 years-old or
younger on October 1 are entitled to a free licence,
while those aged from 12-17 can buy a licence for
$25. Sowman says Fish & Game wants to encourage
young people to get out and go fishing.
“There isn’t any better bargain than a free
licence, and the cost of an annual licence for 12-17
year-olds is heavily discounted so it costs only a fifth
of what an adult has to pay”.
This is not the first change to the existing licence
categories. Last year, Fish & Game introduced a
non-resident licence for overseas visitors and a
special licence for guides is also being developed.
“Fish & Game is always looking at how it can
provide anglers with the best possible experience”,
Mr Sowman said.
“The process is evolutionary, not revolutionary.
We are pleased with what we have been able to
provide this season and I think the new categories
show Fish & Game’s long-term commitment to
anglers”, he said.
“We are aiming to continually refine licences so
people can get the greatest value for their money
by being able to buy exactly what they want, and at
the same time, recover the cost of sustaining the
New Zealand fishing experience and this country’s
world class resource”.
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