The International Fishery Federation (IFF) has called for the next international fish festival to take place in New Zealand in 2019.
In a statement released on Friday, IFF President Michael Tuck said that the festival should be held at the start of next year to coincide with the first harvest.
“Fishing communities in New York and Auckland are experiencing tremendous pressure from global warming, and we believe that the New Zealand event is the perfect time to take a stand and help address this crisis,” Mr Tuck told news.com.au.
IFF is encouraging local fishers to apply for fishing licences from January to March, and that people in the New York metropolitan area can apply from February to March.
However, the IFF says that New Zealanders are also welcome to participate.
The IFF is urging people to make a donation to the Fishery Resource Centre in Auckland, and for local governments to set aside funds for fishing projects, including the re-opening of the Port Kembla River and the expansion of the Canterbury-Bankstown River.
New Zealanders can also donate money to the International Fishing Foundation, which has raised more than $40 million for the Fisherys Resource Centre.
If you or anyone you know needs help or advice with their fishing, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit the Newshub helpline.
Topics:fish,human-interest,human,new-zealand,australia,africaFirst posted November 08, 2019 19:21:03Contact Kate BrownMore stories from New Zealand