Tasman Leader : January 30th 2014
20 years of Old Thumpers Page 27 THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014 Duty calls Role play: Elton Lawn transports nurses Karen Crook, left, Stephanie Yealands and Amy Potts to assist injured soldiers during Sunday’s military reenactment at Higgins Heritage park. For more on the re-enactment of the Oosterbeeck Battle see page 6. Photo: VIRGINIAWOOLF Eels too valuable for cat food, says industry T By CHARLOTTE SQUIRE he New Zealand eeling industry is unhappy about accusations it harvested tame eels for catfood from the Takaka Fonterra Milk Factory saying it is working harder than anyone else to improve habitats for eels. In response to an article published in the Nelson Mail in December, spokesman for commercial eel fishers Bill Chisolm said the South Island Eel Industry Association, which represents all commercial eel fishermen, advocates for ‘‘sustainable eel fisheries and habitats in the South Island. We have investigated the incident in question and have been informed by the fisherman concerned that he did, indeed, seek permission from the landowner before entering Watercress Creek. He was asked to sign a visitors’ book, and then allowed to proceed. There was no mention of ‘‘tame’’ eels or areas which should not be fished.’’ He said commercial eel AS SEEN ON TV... fishermen will always respect the wishes of landowners who allow access to their property, but they first needed to know about ‘‘tame eels’’ or any other areas that should not be fished. Eels were not harvested for cat food., fetch ‘‘premium market prices’’ and that there was ‘‘no way’’ pet food manufactures could afford to use anything other than eel waste product, such as heads and intestines. Even the waste products fetched a premium price, he said. The recent article threatened the ‘‘strong bonds’’ between commercial eel fishermen and farmers which had been formed over many years. ‘‘Eel fishermen are on-the- ground experts on eel habitat, and can advise farmers on measures to improve eel habitats.’’ Fonterra had been contacted by the eeling industry and told them they didn’t want Watercress Creek to be fished for eels in the future. The eelers agreed. Last year the the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright Contact us today for SECURO EXTERIOR BLINDS... SHUTTERS... the MORE for LESS deal... SAVE up to 30% on ALL of our stylish blinds, shutters, awnings & insect screens... ...the more you buy, the bigger the discount you receive... PLUS FREE measure, FREE quote & FREE installation PAY NOTHING for 5 months* *CONDITIONS APPLY BUY NOW.... SOLAR PROTECTION WITH A VIEW... WINDOWTREATMENTS NZ LTD Phone your local consultant Richard on 027 554 4648 or 0800 36 36 39 anytime... << Scan the QR Code for more info (download Free app at get.scan.me) Ph 027 271 2739 or 0800 11 55 37 For BLIND CLEANING & REPAIRS contact Mr Sparkel TM Stylish Blinds, Shutters, Awnings and Insect Screens www.window-treatments.co.nz FREE PRODUCT CATALOGUE AVAILABLE report advised that commercial fishing of longfin eels be stopped, at least for a while, due to a decline in longfin eel stocks, and asked the Department of Conservation to step up its protection. Massey University water ecologist Mike Joy said the report’s findings ‘‘totally vindicate’’ what campaigners for the eel industry had been saying. Her divided environmentalists and industry members with Bill saying it appeared to ignore that eel stocks were recovering.
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