Leave inshore crays alone

LETTER

Gisborne and East Coast people, it’s about time the whanau all woke up to this crayfish dispute that has gone on for so long. Fishing rights belong to the people of New Zealand, not the government or commercial fishermen.

Government is there for us and should listen to us. A few commercial fishermen think they have all the say because of their licence to take undersized crayfish. They are making thieves out of us.

We set four pots and caught five legal crays plus seven that were small but commercial size. If we took the seven commercial size we would lose our boat and get a fine!

Mahia has one size for all. Why not us?

If commercial want small crayfish, set your pots 2km offshore. Small boaties won’t go that far for a feed.

I have been a commercial fisherman in a 50-foot boat. I know how rough it can get. Small boats with four pots and two guys are taking a risk each time they go fishing for crayfish.

You commercial guys get your quota and then park up your boat. This is after you have picked over the inshore crayfish before the locals can have a go. Nice one ay? I am a concerned local.

Ka pai to Mahia and Tolaga Bay fishermen. You are more considerate to your whanau than some I know in Turanganui a Kiwa.

Ray Henry

Gisborne and East Coast people, it’s about time the whanau all woke up to this crayfish dispute that has gone on for so long. Fishing rights belong to the people of New Zealand, not the government or commercial fishermen.

Government is there for us and should listen to us. A few commercial fishermen think they have all the say because of their licence to take undersized crayfish. They are making thieves out of us.

We set four pots and caught five legal crays plus seven that were small but commercial size. If we took the seven commercial size we would lose our boat and get a fine!

Mahia has one size for all. Why not us?

If commercial want small crayfish, set your pots 2km offshore. Small boaties won’t go that far for a feed.

I have been a commercial fisherman in a 50-foot boat. I know how rough it can get. Small boats with four pots and two guys are taking a risk each time they go fishing for crayfish.

You commercial guys get your quota and then park up your boat. This is after you have picked over the inshore crayfish before the locals can have a go. Nice one ay? I am a concerned local.

Ka pai to Mahia and Tolaga Bay fishermen. You are more considerate to your whanau than some I know in Turanganui a Kiwa.

Ray Henry

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Abramowitz - 7 months ago
Twenty-two crays in my two pots today; not one of them legal size. Couldn't agree with you more - it's a disgrace.

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