After a two-year hiatus, overseas anglers have returned to New Zealand shores, and fishing operators are looking forward to welcoming them back season.

Fish & Game NZ chief executive Corina Jordan said 100,000 fishing licences were expected to be sold for this season. About 10% of licence sales would be for overseas visitors.

According to Jordan research shows that international anglers are big spenders, among the highest-value tourists the country receives. 

We catch up with a few fishing guides, with some already well booked by overseas clients to find out more about the impact of COVID-19 restrictions and how they are gearing up for a season for the fishing season with the borders now open.

We also take a look at the New Zealand’s first sustainable land-based salmon farm, the 2022 Bird of the Year winner, and Robert Vennell’s latest book Secrets of the Sea (be sure to check out this month’s competition to win a copy).

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