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Future Catch Report

On Monday evening I travelled to Wellington and attended the Dr Randall Bess’ presentation of his final paper for the NZ Initiative regarding “The Future Catch” to the Minister of Fisheries, the Hon. Stuart Nash.


Let me start with one of the questions raised by Jeff Simmons of Gareth Morgan’s TOP Party. It was quite direct and put to Bob Gutsell, Vice President of the NZ Sport Fishing Council. It was in line with Bob’s assertion that the Minister must have the final discretion as to how our fish stocks are allocated. “ He challenged Bob as to whether he really could rely on the so called 600,000 recreational fishers to back the Council if there was a need take an issue to the Minister. Today looking at facebook, listening to the radio and also television, I am wishing I had challenged him to give it a go. You do not attack the recreational fishers of New Zealand.


The room had more than its share of MPI and Industry along with a noticeable amount of well dressed non fishers. MPI and Industry at us again, how unususal.


I had read the report from start to finish and have to admit it was a hard read. Especially when I was left more than a little angry and very disappointed in the whole section that attacked LegaSea. It was all emotive rhetoric and had no validity. I was in the room when the so called “Brag” was made. In the room when most of the statements Bess mischievously refers to actually. I cannot, in all fairness comprehend how he lowered himself to report it that way and told him so. It was a huge distraction. As I commented to him, you almost had me across the line on some of your opinion but you have lost me at this time.


As for the report overall. I have to be quite clear in that there is so much of this report that could have some merit. I say that, tongue in cheek, The reason being, while many are looking and reading too much into some of the recommendations, my personal belief is there is no benefit to get involved at all in any of it. Sure, if there is to be a “Peak Body” sometime in the future, the NZ Angling & Casting need to be there. Proportionality is a no go no matter what supposed safety net gets put in place. There is no place for the recreational allocation to become part of QMS. I truly feel that this is Industry driven and those Industry leaders in attendance certainly gave that impression.


Jeremy Helson, Fin Fish NZ, questioned the belief that recreational fishers had first right to stocks (that is after the sea itself and Customary entitlement) and Tim Pankhurst, Seafood NZ, asked when will the recreational sector take up catch reporting so that a figure can be put on their take. Well Tim, another poor effort from you and an attack on the work done by Bruce Hartill of NIWA and the comprehensive detail used to arrive at the total catch of me and mine. When Bob Gutsall responded with “it already is”, it was met with a “no it’s not” from someone in the front, well yes it is. Take some ownership of your own backyard Timmy and throwing your mess over the fence is not a solution.


I don’t support the majority of the report. By way of Bess’s own recorded attendances at his public meetings and NZ wide survey, it would seem no one does and today the majority are being just as vocal against it. I totally agree with Sir Mark Solomon that the only way forward is to have all parties in the room and thrash out a solution. The current problem with that is, Industry will not accept any hurt and will not give anything that may mean losing what they see as a right.



I feel the Minister has a grasp on what will be of the highest benefit to all and will rule accordingly.


In conclusion, could have been, should have been, for all the money spent. NZ Initiative you commissioned it, you own it.

Executive meeting

While I will leave the detail of our Executive meeting to the Secretary, there are some pieces of fantastic news to share.

Firstly, I was humbled to receive a donation of $250 from the Feilding Surfcasting Club in acknowledgement of the work that we are putting in to take the NZACA out to the wider communities. I cannot express my gratitude enough for this gift and recognition. Thank you so much Feilding.

Secondly. We were successful and have received a Grant that will also enable us to continue with our work on engagement more comfortably. This funding of $5000 along with OKuma, our new Sponsors cash on the table of $3000 and the contribution from Feilding has been reward for the time and effort that has been put in to grow the NZACA.

With many organisations struggling to hold their numbers, three and a half years ago with nine clubs to the twenty seven we have today and one more to be confirmed, we are an exception. Not only that but we have been instrumental in creating the largest combined Recreational group of inshore ocean users. We have aligned with the NZ Sport Fishing Council and have a place at the table of their lobby group LegaSea. We have taken our place at Submission meetings, have contributed to those submissions and have our Logo at the head of some of the most comprehensive submissions put to Government. We are at the table when discussing our fisheries and the management of them with Ministry and we will continue to involve ourselves in all matters of fishery management. Investment is valuable and in time it brings rewards. We are starting to reconise and receive that.

I must make mention of a concern. With the work of Dr Randall Bess and the NZ Initiative regarding the future of our fisheries and the mangement of, one issue that has or is raising its ugly head. Yes, I agree there is a need for a peak body representing Recreational fishers but I cannot accept all these entities, several of which have been in the wilderness or statutorially defunct for years, that are now crawling out of the woodwork and putting their hands up. A mistake and typical of our sector. It cannot work with this attitude. There are two leaders, the NZ Sport Fishing Council and the NZ Angling & Casting Association. Whatever has been thrown our way we are there and have been continuously for over 60years. Nothing else come close. I am not saying that either of us need to be the “Peak Body” but we must be involved in deciding who takes any chair. It must not be a decission made outside our sector

In saying that, if your club is not affiliated to either, then it needs to happen. You have two choices, have a voice or take what you are given. If you are not a member of a club, join one and join one affiliated to one of the two national bodies. Make it happen.



Hi everyone,

Myself and those of my Executive take the issue of communication very seriously and it frustrates us, me especially, when we go out of our way to address the distribution of news and updates of what is happening within the association to our members, we continue to get negative feedback because we do not send information out in hardcopy. It is the new age. Our messages and news is distributed in this fashion.

  1. To all Secretaries via email. Clubs responsibility to ensure we have the correct contact and details
  2. Next day via the NZACA Website
  3. Then via the Facebook page

Re 2 & 3. There are several members from each club who have access to these media outlets who are more than capable of taking any relevant info back to their respective clubs.

There is no acceptance by this Executive that clubs are not being informed. Likewise, any issues or questions that any club may have, will be addressed as quickly as is possible but a response within 24 hours, if it is sent to or emailed to the Secretary (secretary@nzaca.co.nz) or myself (president@nzaca.co.nz)

Both Brent and myself check our emails at least twice per day.

Continuing to work for the betterment of our members

Jim Yeoman


NZACA Update

It is with huge sadness I advise everyone that our Executive and Members Manager, Marko Lucas has been involved in a serious housefire and is in critical condition in the Middlemore Burns Unit. Whatever road this will take him he will not be active within the ACA for a very lengthy period.

Also, following this tragedy someone has accessed the members@nzaca email and have sent emails asking for people to gather funding to pay bills on Marko’s behalf. You have my absolute assurance he is in no state of lucidness to even think of doing this let alone actually writing. Please ignore these requests.

Any affiliation or membership requests, please send to me at: president@nzaca.co.nz.

thank you

Jim Yeoman


A week of it.

Hi all,
I am back home after a week of putting the NZACA and our brand out there. Our NZACA Trailer followed me all the way and did draw some interest and conversation while it was out in the public.

After some quality mentoring at Almorah, Scott McIndoe of LegaSea’s domiciled office, Monday & Tuesday, I had a great meeting, on Wednesday morning, with Okuma and am happy to announce they have put some skin on the table and will be our Major Sponsor for the coming year. Our nationals will be, as they once were, called The NZACA Okuma Nationals. The package they are providing is substantial to our body and I would like to personally acknowledge the support of Scott, Sam Woolford and especially Marty Johannsen, Managing Director of CD Rods for getting this across the line. To say I am stoked would be an understatement. I also worked with Sam, putting together a Funding Application to cover further promotion and growth of the Association.

Tuesday night saw me addressing the Nth Shore, Bethell’s and Wanderers Clubs out in Milford. A great night and many thanks to these clubs for the invitation and turning out. One thing I addressed was the matter of Regional representation and I am very keen that this becomes part of our network. The Executive are looking for someone to take on this role in each of five regions. Northern, Auckand, Central, West Coast and Wellington, which will include our South Island Club Canterbury. Those Reps will liase with clubs within those regions, promote the ACA to non affiliated clubs and report back to the Executive. Think about it and please take it up. We are continuing to grow and we need these outreaches in place. 

Thursday through to Sunday saw me in Tauranga representing the NZACA at the NZ Sport Fishing Council’s AGM/Conference. Once again, I cannot speak highly enough of the acceptance and respect we are shown here. We hold our place. I must also acknowledge the NZSFC’s Fisheries Management sub Committee. This team is so proffesional in all that pertains to fisheries management and it is with pride that I take a seat at these meetings on your behalf. I will be/am looking for someone to step into this space.

While at this conference, I had the opportunity to hear Dr Randall Bess’s presentation on “Our Future Catch” Most of you will have read my views on this. I have mellowed a little but retain a strong view on licensing. Not because of what it represents so much but how it will be used to benefit us. It wont!!  Apart from that, the push for a “Peak Body”, that recreational fishers are responsible for the lack of stock, ok a couple of other issues, I am confident we are all seeking the same outcome, an abundant, sustainable inshore fishery. I have the luxury of hearing Bess again this Thursday.

Once again, I am available to speak to your club and likewise, I will tow our trailer anywhere and hold a casting event if you have somewhere to stretch the nylon.

Just a little thing to finish off. Leadership is not about imposing your beliefs on those you represent, leadership is about allowing them to hear from all sides and if they want it, your guidance.

Awesome to be representing you out there but it is great to be home

Tight lines

Jim Yeoman