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For your interest please find below links to recent NZFFA press releases and a resource consent application on the Rangitata River
The Public's Waterways
5th February 2018
Recently former Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy was bleating the new government is holding back regional New Zealand through its opposition to water storage projects which he says help grow jobs in the regions, boost exports and provide environmental sustainability. By his utterances Guy shows the lack of environmental stewardship of the previous government.
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Urgent Action Needed on Pesticides Wrecking Freshwater Ecosystems
1st Feburary 2018

NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers president Graham Carter said insecticides had widespread use in New Zealand. Trout anglers had over decades noticed strong declines in hatches of aquatic insects such as mayfly and caddisfly species.

“You could liken it to the canary in the coalmine scenario,” he said. “Trout and their food such as aquatic insects and anglers’ observations are out there and it just isn’t good.”

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Tragic Mismanagement of Kahawai

30th January 2018

Being a regular fisherman over the last successive 25 years and earlier for several years in the 1970s for kahawai in Marlborough’s  Wairau River estuary and Diversion mouth, this summer has been the worst season ever.
The demise of kahawai around the northern end of the South Island is sadly very evident.
I can recall kahawai years ago in Marlborough’s Cloudy Bay and the Marlborough Sounds working in several shoals just offshore, easily identifiable by excited gulls overhead. To see the birds hovering above the feeding frenzy of fish today is a rarity. In the autumn in the 1970s, big kahawai shoals entered the Wairau River estuary. Those autumn ‘runs’ have gone

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30th January 2018

Trout Anglers Back PM’s Public Water Ownership

Water was a public resource and should not be owned or given away, says a national trout fishing advocacy.

President of the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers Graham Carter of Hamilton said water was a public resource owned by the people irrespective of wealth or ethnic background.

Graham Carter was commenting on a recent statement by Prime Minister Jacinda Adern that water was a public resource.

"Who owns the water? Labour says everybody

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New Fish Screen for the Rangitata

The RDR in Canterbury is applying for resource consents for its new rotary style fish screen - this is an additional application adding to an existing application.

The Rotary Screen is supposed to be very efficient, and will replace the existing screen which never really worked, so once installed, should finally stop fry from being lost from this river, which is great news.

The rest of the application is focused on increasing the water take from the river and building a storage pond. The water is for use in irrigation, and power generation.

There is the opportunity for people to have their say on this via the submission process. We will be submitting - supporting the new screen and opposing the consents to do with the extra water takes

Submissions can be made here, needs to be done before the 19th of Feb and can be made on line here:
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Steve Gerard


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