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Government Freshwater Reforms Doomed to Fail?

  A river and trout fishers’ advocacy concern at chemicals entering the public’s rivers and streams, has been heightened by government’s much vaunted fresh-water reforms ignoring a number of them. The New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA) has given … Continue reading

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Sport Fishing Council has new CEO

The NZ Sport Fishing Council has a chief executive officer with the appointment of Steven Stanford. A press release from the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council said Steven Sanford has an extensive history in Business Management with particularly strong skills in  Business … Continue reading

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Opinion – The Global Warming Equation

by Tony Orman In the local body election in Marlborough climate change was a hot topic at candidate meetings. Probably it was elsewhere. I strongly suspect the world has a major problem, but in the much bigger picture of the … Continue reading

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Public Not Sucked in by Government’s Tarakihi Mis-Management

Seventy percent of New Zealanders want the commercial catch for tarakihi cut dramatically in order to restore stocks. A survey conducted by Horizon Research for national fishing advocacy Legasea found 70percent want a cut of between 40percent and 60percent to help … Continue reading

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Bird Decline – A Crisis for All?

Guest Post – an Opinion contribution by Tony Orman A major new study on North American bird populations appeared in the journal Science recently. It included detail on research, led by Ken Rosenberg, a conservation scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, that … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Fishing and Hunting Threatened

Guest post by Tony Orman An article entitled “Farewell to Deer, Salmon and Grouse.” from a Scottish newspaper “The Oban Times.” 22 August 2019 paints a sorry picture for fishing and hunting. The article began “The old saying ‘a deer from … Continue reading

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“Pest Panic Phobia over Wallabies

A  conservation and hunting lobby has termed a recent Forest and Bird call for more funding to stop a perceived national plague of wallabies as an attack of “pest panic phobia”. Laurie Collins of Sporting Conservation Outdoor Trust (SCOT) said … Continue reading

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A Salmon Angler’s Lament

Guest Post by Rex N. Gibson We have heard a lot of our river’s plight, Of belligerent anglers demanding their rights, But this is an issue that hasn’t happened before Now the anglers are livid, they can’t catch fish any … Continue reading

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Trout Federation President Wants to be Effective Advocate

Peter Trolove of Canterbury, 67 years of age,  was elected president of the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers at the organisation’s recent AGM. “It was the best way to be an effective advocate for the sport that has given me so much pleasure,” … Continue reading

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Public Ownership of Water Must be Enshrined in Law

Steps should be taken by a high priority Water Act to put ownership of water firmly and clearly into public ownership with strong safeguards written in to ensure its future says a rivers and trout-fishing advocacy, the New Zealand Federation … Continue reading

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Why The Gun Is Civilization

Reproduced without comment Original from MARCH 23, 2007 by Marko Kloo Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either … Continue reading

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Insects Zapped by 1080 Blitz

By Ben Hope An unique New Zealand native butterfly, the forest ringlet or Dodonidia helmsi, is on the brink of extinction, according to experts back in 2016. Keen observers say a major cause could well be 1080 poison. Further explanation shows … Continue reading

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Ruahine Rat Explosion Caused by DoC

Department of Conservation reports of a rat explosion in the Northern Ruahine Ranges defy credibility and show the department was “out of its depth” in wilderness management according to a sporting hunters’ organisation. Laurie Collins spokesman for the Sporting Hunters … Continue reading

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Too Many Dead Fish With Fish Farms

Fish farming has its limitations for New Zealand and contradicts the country’s clean green branding image says an aquatic veterinarian and president of the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers Dr Peter Trolove of Canterbury. Peter Trolove said a graphic … Continue reading

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A Stream with no Trout

Guest Post by Rex N. Gibson After a recent trip to North Queensland I was reminded of Slim Dusty’s 1957 classic Aussie song, “A Pub With No Beer”. It was based on a poem written back in 1944 by a … Continue reading

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Hundreds of native fish die in botched transfer

Reproduced with kind permission of Fishing & Outdoors F&O NEWSDESK In a major setback for the fishing industry, 921 native fish died in a botched transfer project. The transfer, scheduled for earlier in July, involved the transfer of rare black … Continue reading

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Total Ecosystem Vital with 1080 say Hunters

The total ecosystem should be the top priority in assessing the damage by 1080 poison aerial drops says the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust. Laurie Collin, a spokesman was responding to news that the wild deer by-kill from a 2017 poison … Continue reading

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