Exclusive Access

We wrote to the Hon Nick Smith, Minister of Conservation, to ask if he could address a loophole in Section 26ZN on the Conservation Act which, whilst stating it is illegal to sell, let or assign the rights to fish for any sports fish, it does not prevent landowners from charging an “access fee” to those fisheries.  Whilst we respect the privacy of all landowners and their right to the recourses in the Trespass Act, we DO NOT condone those who use this as a means of charging for, or preventing access to freshwater fisheries.  Here is the Minister’s reply…

Nick Smith & Exclusive Capture Response

 

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