Could the Bay be the least skilled fishing region in the country?
That’s the alternative scenario floated by BayBuzz following Hawke’s Bay Today’s lead on Monday “Bay’s fish stocks hit rock bottom”.
In the article, Hawke’s Bay Game Fishing Club member Colin Murray said anecdotal evidence suggested a “frightening drop” in stock numbers across a range of popular species. Mr Murray spent more than 170 hours over the past two years collecting catch data from recreational fishermen.
Napier MP Chris Tremain also bought into the club’s low stock argument, and said there were particularly strong concerns about groper fish stocks off the Lachlan Banks, in the deep waters out from the bay. “Fishermen going to the banks are coming back empty-handed and this is a real concern,” Mr Tremain said.
Could it be – given the anecdotal nature of the evidence – the said fishermen just suck?