Date: 14 September 2012
A project exploring future opportunities for Taupō Sports Fishery is underway.
The Department of Conservation’s Taupō –nui-a-Tia Area Manager Dave Lumley says the project aims to draw on the knowledge, skills, and experience of a wide range of fishery and destination stakeholders to identify future prospects for the fishery and the region.
The project intends to examine the fishery history, the current situation and to identify and explore future opportunities for the iconic fishery.
The department is joined in this project by Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Eastern Region Fish and Game and the Taupō Fishery Advisory Committee.
The Taupō Sports Fishery is managed by the department as a sustainable trout fishery. It is internationally renowned, and already contributes significantly to the social, economic, environmental and cultural well being of the region.
“It is important that we build on what we already have, and look at new and innovative ways to grow and expand the fishery so it becomes an integral element of the Taupō region,” says Dave.
The project team wants to engage with past, present and future anglers to determine what is working well and what could be done to ensure the fishery continues to grow, expand and be sustainable and successful.
Over the coming months, the project team will be working with a wide cross section of the wider fishing community including anglers, fishing guides, fishing shops, local tourism providers, Councils and other interested parties to ensure all current and future opportunities for the Taupō Fishery are identifed.
Robyn Orchard, Duty media advisor
ph: +64 27 476 1769
Dave Lumley, Taupo-nui-a-Tia Area Manager
Ph: +64 7 384 7135