Cheryl Riley – Introduction
With over 40 years as a registered whitebaiter in South Westland and about the same amount of time as a local newspaper journalist, I accepted the position of president of the West Coast Whitebaiters Association at a well-attended meeting in Hokitika on Sunday, August 26.
I intend to continue, to the best of my ability, reinforcing the association’s focus on protecting the fishery that has been part of the West Coast tradition for more than 100 years.
Times are changing and the whitebait fishery is no exception
There is a Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill before Parliament now, commissioned by conservation minister, Eugenie Sage.
- View progress of the bill and bill information on the NZ Parliament website.
- Read DoC’s regulatory impact statement on the bill.
- See our initial response to these proposed regulatory changes affecting whitebait, including links to the NIWA report and the “Goodman report”.
The West Coast Whitebaiters Association is the only way moving forward, consulting and negotiating the future of the fishery on behalf of whitebaiters. You need to be part of the association if you care and want to have a fishery for your children and grandchildren to enjoy.
We are sending out flyers and information encouraging people to join the association so that we can head into negotiations with a mighty, united voice, strong and confident that all whitebaiters are behind and supporting us.
Feel free to contact me. (I am not easy to find during the whitebait season.)