30 Jul 2013

Taupo sports fisheries report sees opportunities

7:46 pm on 30 July 2013

A report examining the health of Taupo sports fishing grounds was released by the government and Ngati Tuwharetoa on Tuesday.

The Department of Conservation commissioned the independent review partly as a result of concerns by the public over the health of trout fisheries in the area.

Taupo is well known for trout fishing, and the activity is worth $29 million a year.

The report found sports fisheries are generally in good health and has identified some opportunities, such as improving the management of fisheries.

Conservation minister Dr Nick Smith says his department will work with its partners in sports fisheries including the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board

Chief executive of the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board, Tamarapa Lloyd, says it's looking forward to having a more active role in running local fishing grounds.

He says the fisheries have become a valuable cultural and economic resource to both the region and the iwi.