An influx of overseas anglers to Otago, coming as a fishing
licence shake-up has omitted a ''tourist'' licence, has
disappointed Otago Fish and Game council members.
There was a ''a lot of discontent'' among council members
that progress on a tourist or ''non-resident'' licence and a
specialist guide licence was not making progress, Monty
Wright, who was re-elected for another term as council
chairman at a meeting on Saturday, said.
''It just hasn't managed to get any traction.''
International anglers made up about 10% of all licence sales
and Australians 60% of that.
At a meeting at the weekend, the council discussed a proposal
for fishing licence categories to be extended nationally to
better meet the needs of anglers.
Members were positive about the proposed changes, especially
the one-region licence, he said.
Concerns about the cost of some of the licences was
alleviated by the provision for the fees to be reviewed each
year, he said.
There were also some concerns about overseas anglers picking
up the nine-day licence when there were already worries
''non-resident'' anglers were not paying enough for using New
Zealand's rivers, he said.
''We've had an incredible influx of Australians to the
country. They pay [very little] towards the upkeep of the
fishery,'' Mr Wright said.
American anglers were also starting to return to New Zealand.
Recommendations from each regional council will be considered
by the national council.
New licence project co-ordinator Ian Hadland said another
year's work was needed on a ''non-resident'' licence before
it could be recommended as the work done for the new licences
was based on consultation with New Zealand licence holders
''It requires a bit more time and research and to nail the
practicalities of implementing it.''
There were still many unanswered questions about a
''non-resident'' licence especially concerning non-compliance
and legally establishing the identity of overseas anglers and
the duration of the licence, he said.
''It's a complicated and sensitive issue.''
• There would be no changes to the bag limits, season lengths
or hunting methods for this year's game bird hunting season
which starts on May 3. rebecca.
Proposed new Fish and Game licence categories.
• Loyal senior licence at $102.85 for anglers over 65 who had
held licences over the previous five seasons.
• Local area licence at $96.80 for anglers resident in a
particular region who only wanted to fish within that region.
• Dual adult whole season hunting and fishing licence at
• A slightly cheaper adult day licence at $19.
• An adult short break licence at $48.40 covering three days.
• An adult long break licence covering 9 days at $84.70.