FISHING

12/04/2023

The Fishing Section of Club Waimea was informed and entertained by Daryl “Crimpy” Crimp of The Fishing Paper & Hunting News at their April meeting.  Daryl was accompanied by his Wife/Administration and Sale executive, Annette Bormolini who takes a leading role in the appearance of the publication.

Crimpy explained how they came to be owners of a successful outdoor publication with wide distribution in New Zealand and abroad, in the face of strong competition, rising costs and the advent of the Digital Print Media.

He was raised on a farm in Tadmor with a river bisecting it.  Here he had an early introduction to hunting and Fishing.  Later he became a schoolteacher then, with no formal training, became a freelance author and cartoonist.  During the 1990’s freelance work started to dry up and he started looking for other opportunities.

He met Annette when he was 40 and they married shortly afterwards.

Together they realized that paid-for news papers and magazines were losing readership, but free papers were booming.  They took the plunge with The Fishing News & Hunting Paper producing the first issue in September 2005 with a goal to last 6 months.  By paying attention to what is important to readers and advertisers and balancing the layout to keep it readable, they built their circulation to a maximum of 50,000 copies and are still going strong both in print and online.

Although there are regular contributors and articles from Government agencies, from one issue to the next they have no idea of what will be submitted.  The mantra of the paper is “Inform / Encourage / Entertain” and a wide range of articles is accepted to achieve these goals.

The paper has supported and advocated on behalf of amateur fishers including an investment of time and money in the issue of fishery management in the Marlborough Sounds and Tasman Bay.

In the April issue, the paper sponsored an advert for Nelson Tasman Hospice to encourage readers to consider how they can put their outdoors experience and stories to good use as Hospice family support volunteers.  Never the shrinking violet, Crimpy has done just that.

12/04/2023

The Fishing Section of Club Waimea was informed and entertained by Daryl “Crimpy” Crimp of The Fishing Paper & Hunting News at their April meeting.  Daryl was accompanied by his Wife/Administration and Sale executive, Annette Bormolini who takes a leading role in the appearance of the publication.

Crimpy explained how they came to be owners of a successful outdoor publication with wide distribution in New Zealand and abroad, in the face of strong competition, rising costs and the advent of the Digital Print Media.

He was raised on a farm in Tadmor with a river bisecting it.  Here he had an early introduction to hunting and Fishing.  Later he became a schoolteacher then, with no formal training, became a freelance author and cartoonist.  During the 1990’s freelance work started to dry up and he started looking for other opportunities.

He met Annette when he was 40 and they married shortly afterwards.

Together they realized that paid-for news papers and magazines were losing readership, but free papers were booming.  They took the plunge with The Fishing News & Hunting Paper producing the first issue in September 2005 with a goal to last 6 months.  By paying attention to what is important to readers and advertisers and balancing the layout to keep it readable, they built their circulation to a maximum of 50,000 copies and are still going strong both in print and online.

Although there are regular contributors and articles from Government agencies, from one issue to the next they have no idea of what will be submitted.  The mantra of the paper is “Inform / Encourage / Entertain” and a wide range of articles is accepted to achieve these goals.

The paper has supported and advocated on behalf of amateur fishers including an investment of time and money in the issue of fishery management in the Marlborough Sounds and Tasman Bay.

In the April issue, the paper sponsored an advert for Nelson Tasman Hospice to encourage readers to consider how they can put their outdoors experience and stories to good use as Hospice family support volunteers.  Never the shrinking violet, Crimpy has done just that.

On 28th April, in conjunction with Tasman Aquarium Club, members of the Fishing Section of Club Waimea visited the Whitebait Aquaculture facility run by Whitebait New Zealand, at Clover Road, Hope.

Director, Robert Hutton, admitted us to the building with appropriate hygiene measures.  For all of us we were about to experience first-hand an industry we had previously been unaware of.  Currently the main item produced is whitebait caviar, obtained from the New Zealand native trout, the Giant Kokopu.  Kokopu are bred in the facility in tanks and after four years are ready for egg production, the eggs being sold as caviar both natural “White Pearl” and Manuka Cold Smoked.  We were given the opportunity to sample this delicacy.

Artesian sourced water is used very efficiently with only 4% make-up required after tank cleaning and filter back-washing.  The effluent from these activities is delivered to a digester tank to break-down the waste products, the gas produced being available for process heating.

The Giant Kokopu, being one of New Zealand’s most endangered whitebait species, now sustainably grown for egg production, also provides opportunities for release of whitebait back into the wild, thus assisting conservation efforts to increase numbers of breeding stock in the wild.

Robert also introduced us to two other fish species being developed for potential future commercial production.  These are the Grass Carp for both meat production and controlling weed in waterways, and the Black Pacu, a very efficient converter of fish-feed to meat for human consumption.  Our group were impressed by the size and energy of a Black Pacu Robert scooped from a tank, having donned appropriate protective attire to keep dry.

Another activity is the use of hydroponics for vegetable food production using a fish tank as the water source for the plants.  A tank containing Black Pacu provides all the needed nutrients for the plants suspended above with their roots in the water.

We were grateful for the opportunity to see this enterprise in operation.  Not our usual fish-based activity but well worth the visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Calder with 14.5kg Trumpter

Contact: Robin Ashley 

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