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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
40 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 To order your own copy of photos in this paper, or other CCN titles, check out: pix.ccn.co.nz Strife over paua fishing grounds Precious paua: Prime paua spots like this one at Tora on the South Wairarapa coast are cherished by both recreational and commercial fishermen. Some coastal residents are getting annoyed with what they see as ‘‘lazy’’ commercial fishermen harvesting paua from popular shoreline spots instead of using boats to get their quotas further off the beach. Doug Harris and Sara Murphy live near Tora in the Wairarapa and have complained to paua fish- ery representatives that a few commercial fishers are being ‘‘mean spirited’’. They say they heavily fish the popular spots when they could just as easily fish from boats off- shore and leave the easily access- ible areas alone. ‘‘There are only a handful of spots where the public can get access to the coast and yet year after year we see a few commer- cial fishermen hound these spots and usually just before the public start coming out, around Labour Weekend and in the early summer before Christmas,’’ says Mr Harris He notes that though taking paua from these areas is legal, ‘‘in our mind it’s just plain lazy (they can get a boat and head off for kilometres of coastline in any direction), and insulting to locals and the public who do see them and are finding it harder to get their quota’’. He says he sometimes sees three to four divers working all day in a small area taking trailer loads away with them. ‘‘We can only assume that it must also be insulting to the com- mercial fishers with boats who do leave these few spots for the pub- lic, only to see other shore-based commercial divers having a good go at them,’’ says Mr Harris. Chairman of Paua 2 Industry Association Tony Craig says the shared fishery situation can cre- ate tensions and though the Paua 2 fishery covers a large area from the East Cape around the bottom of the North Island to the Kapiti Coast, the actual areas available for commercial fisher- man to get their quota from are very limited. He says they cannot agree to give up legitimate fishing grounds all along the coastline to every group of locals that wants their area left alone. ‘‘We’re not about to go giving up chunks of that for every Tom, Dick and Harry that just wants their bay protected.’’ He says Mr Harris’ requests for certain areas to be left alone are getting larger. ‘‘Originally, it started off at Sandy Bay and then it grew to five other areas,’’ says Mr Craig. He says the industry needs to be engaging with a group rep- resenting collective recreational interests rather than individuals and therefore ‘‘establishing poten- tial dangerous localised prece- dents’’. He noted Mr Harris and Ms Murphy have a commercial arrangement to allow access for a fisherman through their land to launch at Sandy Bay and Mr Craig suggested that this arrange- ment may be driving their objec- tion to commercial paua fisher- man accessing local beaches. Mr Harris said their arrange- ment with a commercial fisher- man was on the condition that they leave the popular public access spots alone and that Sandy Bay was only one of three public launching points. Mo-gals take one for the boys Gotta mo’ bro? Aly Thompson, left, and Romy Webster feel they have an opportunity to help raise awareness. By EMMA BEER Wellington women Aly Thompson and Romy Webster are helping to change the face of men’s health. The two have signed up for Movember, for which participants grow moustaches to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression. Although the girls cannot physically grow a moustache, they will each don a fake one for a week. Ms Webster said the idea came about after a challenge. ‘‘A guy at work kind of challenged me to wear a mo’ for a day. ‘‘Then the receptionist said ‘Yeah, I’ll sponsor you, but only if you wear it for a week.’’ Ms Thompson, Ms Webster’s flatmate, said she thought it sounded like a good idea, so she agreed to do it as well. ‘‘I’m taking a slightly different approach,’’ Ms Thompson said. ‘‘For every $50 I raise, I’ll wear it for [a] day.’’ The women said they were not trying to ‘‘take the piss’’ out of the cause but rather saw an oppor- tunity to help. ‘‘If you’re able to, why not help out?’’ Ms Webster said. So far, they had received a lot of good feedback, Ms Thompson said. ‘‘I have had people sponsor me – but they say they won’t be seen with me,’’ she said. To support the women and watch their progress visit nz.movember.com and search their names.
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