February seems to have started positively, even though we cancelled Saturday because of a strong wind warning.
Sunday continued the trend we’d seen earlier in the week with more snapper and a few more tarakihi showing up, albeit still with short bite times.
Not bad size either, pretty well all over the future new limit [1st of April] of 30cm.
Seems appropriate to start it on April Fools Day, it’s pretty pathetic.
Even the MPI fisheries report states the recruitment rate has been “above average” in Area 1, just not as quick as the scientific xspurts would like. Given that about half of the country’s amateur fishers [politically correct as always] are in Area 1, and a whole new snapper fishery has developed in the north of the South Island since 2007, the whole debacle’s been a bit of a sad joke.
The logical thing to do would be to take some of the commercial snapper quota from Area 1, make it available to amateurs and give the commercials equivalent quota from any of the other areas that don’t have the population base of Area 1, which spans from East Northland to East Cape