26 Sept 2018
Anglers and hunters strongly urged to vote as Fish & Game polls open
Anglers and hunters are being urged to “make time now” to vote in Fish & Game’s elections – with a warning that choosing the best councillors to represent them has never been more important.
The polls are now open in Fish & Game’s elections to select councillors to represent the interests of licenceholders, anglers and hunters, in each of
the organisation’s 12 regions around the country.
Fish & Game New Zealand Chairman Lindsay Lyons says that it’s crucial that people who are passionate and motivated about their
hunting and fishing are elected to these regional councils.
“Fish & Game not only looks after the interests of anglers and hunters through the management of sports fishing and game bird
resources, it’s now an important watchdog and a hard-nosed battler over issues such as water quality, pollution and
access to the outdoors.
“Finding people with the right talents and motivation is especially important in view of the some of the challenges just
over the horizon.
“Right now, trout and salmon are facing a very serious threat from new legislation just introduced to Parliament.
“The Indigenous Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill aims to provide better protection for indigenous fish such as galaxids,
whitebait and eels, which we support, but poses a clear and alarming threat to trout and angling.
Perhaps most significant and concerning, it allows trout and salmon to be removed from particular rivers and lakes, even
if they are significant trout and salmon fisheries, Mr Lyons says.
“We urge all anglers and hunters to get up to speed on this bill by visiting our website www.fishandgame.org.nz and
reading the information we’ve posted.”
Mr Lyons says the Bill and the threats it contains is simply one more good reason for licenceholders to exercise their
vote in the elections, so that the councils are in the best possible shape for the challenges ahead.
“Please vote – either using the voting packs which have been sent out to all eligible licenceholders in the mail or
online – which you can do immediately after reading this.”
Fish & Game is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to speaking out and acting on environmental issues, and for that to
continue we need robust councils and active forthright councillors, Mr Lyons says.
“Please do your bit to put them there.”