Trout fishing in Nelson : management of a recreational resource
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This Study examines the recreation of Trout fishing on the rivers of Nelson, New Zealand. It concentrates on two angling groups, namely adult whole season licence holders and professional fishing guides with their clients. Two questionnaires were the major source of data for the study. Professional fishing guides as a group have never been studied or described in such a fashion, in any previous New Zealand study. The study determines and explains features of freshwater trout angling as a recreational pursuit, by angler groups based within the study area. It was found that the two different groups, and sub - groups within, exihibit different behaviours, motivations, and success rates. The study also examines the patterns of angling activity within the study area and adjoining districts by the two study groups. It is shown that a relatively small number of rivers attract most angling activity. However the factors that attract anglers to each individual river are not necessarily the same. Pressures placed upon the Nelson fishery, and their possible impacts, are assessed in a number of different ways. It is concluded on the basis of limited data that present angling activity is insufficient to be having a major influence on the fishery. However on the basis of angler comments, some anglers feel that changes are taking place. A review of fisheries management practices in the study area shows that management objectives largely meet those of anglers. The final section identifies possible avenues management may wish to examine more closely in the future. Factors such as angler education, ethics, and access being important. This study has analysed the workings of one recreational fishery and has raised important issues for further consideration.