7 Sep 2015

Call for fishing ban in New Brighton

6:47 pm on 7 September 2015

Some residents in the Christchurch suburb of New Brighton are calling for a ban on fishing from its pier, saying fishers' behaviour was making it unpleasant and dangerous for others to use.

A letter from the Southshore Residents Association, asking for fishing to be banned, was discussed at a community board meeting this afternoon.

The association's acting chairperson, Lynda Burdekin, said the enforcement of the current no-fishing areas on the wharf was not effective.

She said fishers had hit people with their rods while casting and one person had their sunglasses ripped off their face by a fishing line.

Ms Burdekin said the problem had become worse over time.