Amateur fishing regulations review

Date: 1/6/2004

Fisheries Minister David Benson-Pope announced a review of the amateur fishing regulations providing for customary fishing. Most customary fishing is currently done under Regulation 27 of the Fisheries (Amateur Fishing) Regulations 1986, which allow any group identifying itself as tangata whenua of an area to appoint people to authorise the taking of fish for hui or tangi. The regulation has been tightened twice but there is evidence of continuing abuse by an irresponsible minority of fishers. The review will focus on the rules around the issuing of permits, as investigations indicate this is the main area of abuse. The review will be conducted in collaboration with the Minister of Maori Affairs and Associate Minister of Fisheries, Hon Parekura Horomia.

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