That Recreational fishing and casting are highly visible and valued sports.
The New Zealand Angling & Casting Association became an Entity in 1955.
It was formed to:
Encourage and develop the sports of angling and casting.
Encourage the formation of Fishing Clubs and to foster comradeship amongst amateur fishers.
To promote the conservation of fish and their habitat.
In 1958 there was a split in the Association that led to the formation of what is now the New Zealand Sports Fishing Council. Whilst these two groups have developed an identity particular to each Organisation they remain supportive of each other in the original three objectives.
The Association has recently returned to representing its twenty four member clubs in negotiations with the Government via the Ministry of Primary Industries via the Fisheries Ministry. A close liaison is held with the IGFA and our members are eligible to apply for World Records for qualifying catches. Along with this the NZACA administers official NZ Records for a great number of species that are not the generally recognised Game fish species. The NZACA is also the administrator of the NZ Casting records.
Since 1979 the Association has held a National Championship. This incorporates both Casting and Fishing. While the Casting has had recent changes to the rules, it does cater for those wishing to use their own fishing gear (except for Braid) and also those who wish to cast under recognised international regulations. Casting falls into three events. Postal, which is entered via a Club event, Regional, of which there is three and finally the Nationals.
The fishing involves a good amount of time which allows fishers to target the variety of fish available to be caught. During this event, the Association also holds its AGM. This is done so as to allow the membership to take advantage of all gathering at one venue.
The NZ Angling & Casting Association encourages all fishers to join a club and particularly one affiliated to the Association.
There has been some feedback on what the NZACA should be doing for its members. What is a little surprising is that some believe we were instituted to run a National Competition and keep Records only.
Actually there are 19 Objectives, most of which are the same as the NZ Sport Fishing Council. The leading of these are:
i) To encourage, promote and develop the sport of angling & casting throughout NZ as applied to all forms of fresh and salt water fishing
ii) To organise, encourage and promote the formation of amateur fishing clubs and to develop better fellowships and closer comradeship amongst amateur fishers
iii) To promote the conservation of the recreational fishery and associated environment
iv) To encourage the observance of laws governing the recreational fishery and to work with the appropriate Authorities to implement them and to likewise argue for the amendment or elimination of any law that is not in the best interests of the association and its members.
v) To monitor Government, commercial and non commercial user groups and act in accordance of the objectives and the wishes of the membership.
vi) To affiliate to any NZ or International body by which affiliation fosters the objectives of the association.
We meet all these obligations with a fullness that benefits our membership to the best it can be met. The NZ Angling & Casting Association is representing its members at the highest level and alongside those other recreational bodies that have the same interests in our fisheries as we do.
Those objectives not mentioned like National and International obligations, Record keeping, recognition of effort and catch awards, and the general management of the Association are met equally as well.
As we enter our new Financial year now is the time to ask, do we want our club to be represented at the highest level. 27 of New Zealand’s leading clubs do. Join them.
Over the past two weeks, I have had advice that the Executive and I need to do more to prove why and show what we offer clubs that would entice them to be part of the Association. I believe that we, as a group, are offering far more than has been presented to the membership for a long, long time. In Professionalism, Advocacy, rewards and Sponsorship. However that is not to say we can’t offer more in each area.
Soon we will be putting it out to everyone, Affiliated and non affiliated Clubs, members of those clubs, to tell us what it is that you feel we or where we need to step up. What we are not doing and I am also aware there are some who have issues with the leadership so don’t feel afraid to say that. I would appreciate that comments have supporting reasons as to why you feel the way you do.
We can only improve if we have some honest opinion.
Another two very positive meetings in the big smoke. First up with the NZ Sport Fishing Council’s Fisheries Management Sub Committee followed by the LegaSea Board meeting. As the NZ Angling & Casting Rep to these, I always come away with huge positivity. I will continue to promote the professionalism that both of these groups demonstrate. It is a huge pleasure to be involved. The next set of Submissions to be put forward are regarding Tarakihi. This is another species that is showing a decline in numbers that is highly concerning. The other issue raising its head is the Crayfish Concession in area 3. This needs to go.
If your Club is a member of the NZ Angling & Casting Association then it is involved in supporting the placement of these solid and substantial Submissions that are leading in the management of our fisheries. It is also supporting LegaSea.
Two ways the Angling & Casting Association is standing up for its members
Not great but very good news from the Minister of Fisheries regarding the Hauraki Gulf/BOP Cray fishery. Huge cuts in take is a big step in the attempt to rebuild a fishery on the verge of collapse. The NZACA is pleased with this result and applaud the Minister for listening. That he did seriously consider a complete closure speaks volumes in itself. This is a solid result for recreational fishers and we appreciate the efforts of our aligned bodies, The NZ Sport Fishing Council and NZ Underwater, for your collaborative efforts in providing another solid submission.
Well this years Nationals are not that far away. Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Easter. I had a glance at the entries and I am more than comfortable with where it is at right now. Great that there are several Juniors attending also. Fantastic. As always I would love more but I have a philosophy that I have kept to and that is, “It is not about the numbers that support you, it is about how you support those numbers that do”
It is not too late to get your club involved and the more the merrier. Even one representative is better than none. Be there and help us keep our momentum in growth.
$65.00 Entry which includes a quality meal on Saturday night and the chance to take out not only Honours but the $500 Average Weight Snapper Prize.
See you there.