Recommended NZ | Guide to Money | Gimme: Competitions - Giveaways

Rehabilitation Not Rebranding Needed For DoC

Contributor:
Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media
Recreational Fishing Council.gif
Recreational Fishing Council.gif

"It isn't a change of brand that the Department of Conservation (DOC) needs, it's a change of behavior", says newly elected New Recreational Fishing Council president Geoff Rowling.

He went on to say," Changing logos or buying public relations spin will do little to change the lack of affection many amateur fishers feel for the department. DOC's incursion into the marine environment has more often than not been littered with bad process, bad science, cases of disappearing submissions and a general display of arrogance that has no place in a democracy. We were not at all surprised the Marine Conservation unit was recently downsized given some of the recommendations coming from it.

Amateur fishers have been the meat in the sandwich too often for our liking with DOC vastly over estimating our impacts. The most recent example is the almost total ban on set netting around the South Island and West Coast of the North Island. While we all agree the protection of Hectors and Maui dolphins is essential, bans in places that Dolphins have never been seen only serves to undermine DOC's credibility.

Unfortunately many of the marine conservation measures taken in recent years have more significant impacts on those simply seeking a feed for their families rather than controlling the real culprits. Far too often those really responsible for major habitat destruction and species decline seem to have got away scott free. DOC have found amateur fishers a much easier target when seeking to create marine conservation areas rather than concentrating on destructive bulk harvesting methods or poor land management where the real damage is done.

If DOC is really serious about improving their image they will take stock of the real issues and stop bashing the little guys," he concluded.

All articles and comments on Voxy.co.nz have been submitted by our community of users. Please notify us if you believe an item on this site breaches our community guidelines.