Tourists to pay more for trout fishing under licence proposal

by Tony Bishop on March 9, 2012

International tourists will have to pay more than Kiwis to catch trout and other freshwater fish under a proposal that aims to limit the impact of visiting anglers on backcountry streams.

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson today said she was considering a new fishing licence structure under which non-residents would pay higher licence fees than locals, as is common overseas.

Ms Wilkinson last year asked the Fish and Game Council to put together a discussion document on the issue with input from the Department of Conservation.

The document noted that international anglers typically targeted remote backwaters more intensively and over longer periods than New Zealand anglers, but did no more to contribute to freshwater fisheries management…Full story here

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