Saturday, August 9, 2008

New Zealand to Ban Felt!

I doubt this measure will achieve world peace but it's happening and if you're planning on heading down under you'll need some aquastealth.-BW

Boot change mooted in fight against didymo-Monday, 28 July 2008

Wearing felt-soled boots by freshwater anglers could soon be banned because of the high risk of spreading didymo and other aquatic organisms.
Fish & Game New Zealand said today the ban had been discussed with Conservation Steve Minister Chadwick who agreed with it "in principle".

The ban, expected to become effective from October 1, would apply to felt-soled waders or footwear with a sole of felted, matted or woven fibrous material when sports fishing.
Fish & Game said such boots were a "high risk" carrier of microscopic aquatic organisms like didymo and banning them would help prevent the spread of didymo.
"While there are procedures for decontaminating felt sole waders, it is acknowledged that these are not practical in many situations."

Fish & Game said it had received 43 formal submissions on the proposal – 20 supported the ban, 17 opposed it and six supported it with conditions.
Those opposing the ban cited the safety provided by felt-soled boots which provided a good grip on slippery surfaces, but Fish & Game said there were alternative ways of maintaining grip.
"The use of felt soled waders was strongly discouraged during the 2007/2008 season and the ban should come as no surprise to most anglers."

If approved, the ban will be included in the proposed 2008/2009 Anglers Notice for Fish and Game Regions which applies to freshwater sports fishing anglers in all New Zealand waterways, except the Taupo Fishery area. The Department of Conservation, which runs the Lake Taupo fishery, said if the ban was introduced for the rest of the country it would recommend Ms Chadwick approve applying it in Taupo.

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