Introduction

This is the second project update for the Taupō Sports Fishery review.

The Taupō Sports Fishery Review is now progressing through the final stages of the public consultation and engagement stage. To date, the Project Team has met with the following groups:

  • Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust
  • Taupō District Council
  • Key Department staff, including Fisheries Staff
  • Fish and Game
  • Business, marketing and events representatives
  • Local fishing guides (Turangi and Taupō, Boat and River )

Members of the working team have also talked to a wide number of individuals (fishing guides, business owners, fishers etc) who have contacted us and provided some useful insights and information based on their knowledge and experience in the Taupō Fishery and wider.

Survey

The online survey has closed with 742 responses received.  The responses are currently being assessed by APR Experts (who are preparing the economic assessment of the fishery) and Michael in National Office (to look at social responses, comments and trends). The team is very pleased with this response and it is far in excess of what was anticipated. You can read the results of the survey in the full version of:

Economic assessment

The 1983 economic assessment of the Taupō Fishery is currently being revised by APR Consultants, who undertook the initial report. This assessment will provide the value of the fishery to the Taupō District as well as a wider range of information on use and associated spending and user trends.

Public workshops

Two public workshops have been scheduled next week in Turangi and Taupō. The intent of the workshops is to provide participants with a brief update on the progress of the project and test some of the findings of the survey and wider consultation to date. A media release and public notice is currently being prepared for these workshops. The workshops will be held in Tūrangi on 28th November, 5.30pm at the Tūrangi Citizens Advice Bureau Hall and Taupō 29th November, 5.30pm at the Taupō Yacht Club.

A light supper will be provided. For catering purposes please RSVP to Kim Alexander-Turia, kturia@doc.govt.nz or +64 7 384 7163.

Preparing the report

The project team is currently putting together a draft framework for the final report to start to discuss their initial findings and thoughts based on the information gathered so far. It is anticipated that the report and associated recommendations will be structured around what the key components of the fishery as identified through work done to date. The components are:

  • What is the Goal of the fishery?
    • Healthy Sustainable Fish Stock (the ‘fishery’)
    • Strong Effective partnerships and relationships
    • Increasing Participation

What is coming up?

As well as fleshing out the final report the next important dates are:

  • 28 November 2012, Public Workshop in Turangi
  • 29 November 2012, Public Workshop in Taupō
  • 3 December 2012 Workshop with Taupō Fishery Advisory Council (TFAC)
  • 11 December Workshop with Taupō District Council and Turangi Tongariro Board

Further Information

For further information on this project please check the project website regularly at www.doc.govt.nz/taupofishery or contact the Project Leader David Lumley on +64 77 3847135 or dlumley@doc.govt.nz.

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