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ASPECIAL LICENCE FOR FISHING GUIDES IS ALSO BEING CONSIDERED.
Fish & Game and the Professional Fishing Guides Association are in
broad agreement on the idea and have already signed a Memorandum
of Understanding on what such a licence would cover.
The licence would ensure guides contributed to the cost of managing and
maintaining New Zealand’s freshwater sports fishery, address sustainability
of the resource, and angler experience and help gather information on the
professional guiding effort in New Zealand.
Feedback from anglers has revealed that 74% support the need for a
guides’ licence, with 24% against.
The Professional Fishing Guides Association and Fish & Game’s New
Zealand Council have written a joint letter to the Minister of Conservation
outlining the case for a guides’ licence and requesting a meeting with her to
discuss the issue.
MONITORING FISH AND GAME BIRD
numbers is an important part of Fish
& Game’s work. The information gathered
from assessing duck populations and trout
numbers is vital when it comes to setting sea-
son lengths and bag limits, as well as detect-
ing environmental changes.
But as important as this work is, it is la-
EYE IN THE SKY FISH AND GAME MANAGEMENT
bour intensive and time consuming.
Technology may offer a solution, and
this year Nelson/Marlborough Fish &
Game has been working with the Cawthron
Institute to evaluate whether drones could
help with the monitoring work.
The drones were used in Marlborough’s
Rainbow Valley near St Arnaud to look at
salmon spawning in the area and count
how many fish were breeding and the
nests, or redds, they were using.
Nelson/Marlborough Fish & Game staff
say the drones are “dynamic” with bound-
less potential. They believe there is no
doubt that they have a place in future game
and fishery management.
A licence to be a fishing guide is
coming closer to fruition
WATER CONSERVATION ORDERS
FISH & GAME IS PROUD OF ITS
record of protecting this country’s water-
ways and remains committed to continu-
ing its efforts to retain and secure more Wa-
ter Conservation Orders over New Zealand’s
outstanding rivers and lakes.
Water Conservation Orders are vital for
protecting highly valued waters and their
scenic environmental and recreational val-
ues. They are the highest level of protection
that can be given to a river or lake and are
THIS EDITION OF FISH & GAME’S
special fishing season magazine marks
the end of an era. It is the last issue for
long time editor Bob South [above left]
who, after 46 years of working in journalism,
has decided to retire.
Bob is now going to devote more time to
fishing for Central North Island trout.
Fish & Game would like to take the op-
portunity to thank Bob for his dedication
and commitment to providing New Zealand
the 16th Water Conservation Order for the
Ngaruroro River in the Hawke’s Bay.
The Ngaruroro and its main tributaries
rise in the Kaimanawa, Kaweka, and Rua-
hine ranges and offer remote backcountry
fishing for bragging size brown and rain-
Fish & Game has already invested heavily
in getting the Ngaruroro the recognition
and protection it deserves working along-
side local iwi, Forest and Bird, white water
rafters, and jet boaters to secure a Water
hunters and anglers with a quality publica-
tion containing world class outdoors writ-
ing and photography. His achievements
were recognised when Fish & Game won
New Zealand’s coveted Magazine of the
Year award in 1996 and 2002 and when he
was named Editor of the Year in 2002 and
highly recommended in 1996 and 1997.
Also leaving the magazine is the man
behind the scenes, who has actually made
things happen, Peter McIntosh. Another
friend to Fish & Game, Peter as the Maga-
zine’s Manager, has been instrumental in
maintaining the magazine as a key part of
the Fairfax Media stable. Like Bob, Peter is
an avid trout angler and duck hunter and
shares many of the enjoyments and con-
cerns of our licenceholders.
Peter and Bob have made a good team
and we wish the two of them well.
Bob is being replaced by flyfishing ad-
dict and aspiring duck hunter Hamish
Hamish is also carving out a respected
role in journalism for his writing in newspa-
pers and outdoors magazines. He has been
Fish & Game’s national communications
manager, and is now working as a Welling-
ton Region field officer.
Hamish is determined that Fish & Game
magazine will continue to meet the highest
standards and we are pleased to welcome
him on board.
Peter is being replaced at Fairfax by Peter
Francis, another keen angler.
Changing of the Guard
essentially the aquatic equivalent of having
National Park status.
At the moment, there are 15 Water Con-
servation Orders protecting waterways
throughout the country and Fish & Game
is responsible for securing 12 of them. The
first was the Motu River in 1984, while the
Rangitikei River was the first WCO secured
under the Resource Management Act in
Now, efforts are now underway to secure
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