The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY. MARCH 30, 1915. TRAWLING IN AKAROA HARBOUR.
\ T »-ppting of the Akaroa (%infr Tonici' Mr F. Williams made
■• r-irrpVio l ' flonnoil concerning * cpi'lntn ve°opl trawling in thG Bays 'n Akirna Harbour Hβ said he consuWpd that trawling wag unfair to local fishermen, who only used drag net*. The matter of allowing trawl ore to operate in and about Akaroa Harbour was gnne into in the year 1905, whpn thp at Lyttelton approached the Marine Department and pnzstferl regulations prohibiting trawlers operating in a certain area. Tbe«R rpgulations were gazetted on December 28rd, 1905. and in the "Now Zealand Gnzette" of January llfb, 1906 Tbov prohibited trawlers as follows :~No ppraon ehall trawl or noe a trawl net for the purpose of fi=>b within that arpa pxtpndine fmm the mouth of the Waimakariri River to Okain's Bay, the boundaries being two milps from the Waimakariri River to Godlpv Hesd, thence to thp r.ons Lookout Point, and thence on a continuation of this line r to its inter sech'on with a line extending due north for a distance of one nautical mile from the northernmost point on the east side of Bay. The penalty for an offenoe was nob less than £1 and not exceeding £20. At the time fishermen in and around Lyttelton safeguarded themselves in this way an effort was made to get a petition signed by the fishermen in Akaroa Harbour to petition the Mini* star of Marine to gazette an area in and around Akaroa, but as some of the fishermen were only half hearted about tbß matter, it waa allowed to drop, consequently a trawler can operate anywhere wifcbin the harbour and in Canterbury Bight It certainly seems a pity that such a state of things phould be allowed to exist, as it ha 3 been found that wherever trawls are used the fishing grounds are soon depleted, even in ocean areas. Akaroa and the Bays' fishermen depend upon drag nets for their fish supply, and it is quite time some action was taken by the Akaroa fishermen to safeguard their interests N6 doubt the com. plaint will lead to some action being taken in the matter, and we hope that this time the fishermen will be a'ive to their interests, and tbrounb the" Marine DaDartment will prohibit the operation of trawling witbtn the barbour and some miles off shore on the south side of the Peninsula.