Coastal guardians boosted
Last week the first full meeting of Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura was held since the launch of the coastal guardian group's marine strategy on October 27.
There was good news about the reception of the strategy in government departments in Wellington and the Department of Conservation is leading a series of committee meetings to work through the strategy within the departments involved, which include the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry for the Environment.
Te Korowai chair Larnce Wichman emphasised the importance of the forum involving stakeholder groups to fulfil the commitment made in the strategy and said it was a good time to work on this while the forum waited for a Government response. Working groups were seen as the best way to keep interested parties informed. Of special need was a working group to progress the charter fishing code of practice.
Being part of such a group was seen as the way forward for charter-fishers. Charter fishers who are interested in joining, please contact Te Korowai secretary Gina Solomon, 03 319 6586 or 027 516 1715, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other working groups are planned, including an integrated land and water planning group, connections to commercial finfishers, local community liaison (Oaro/Goose Bay and East Coast), and connections to Canterbury recreational fishers and marine science groups.