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EDITORIAL MPI ‘UP TO THEIR NECKS’ IN THE FISH-DUMPING SCANDAL THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST
RECREATIONAL FISHING GROUP (THAT’S LEGASEA) IS CALLING FOR A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE MINISTRY FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES’ HANDLING OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO COMMERCIAL FISH DUMPING
MPI ARE INVOLVED UP TO THEIR NECKS IN WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON - THE SYSTEMIC DUMPING - AND THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY THAT’S GOING TO BE RESOLVED, AND THAT IS A ROYAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY WELL, HAVEN’T MPI DONE a terrific job of scoring an own goal on the issue of
fish dumping and their protection of the commercial fishing fleet? For months
now we’ve heard of how the Ministry was
working to protect and grow our fisheries, but on the other hand, they have been
found to be grossly mishandling the very fisheries they’re tasked with protecting. In Nathan Guy’s (Minister of Primary
Industries) own words (from a leaked
email): “We estimate that if we found the golden bullet to stop discarding,
we would probably put over half of the
inshore fleet out of business overnight.”
MPI has not just missed the obvious
stocks have little desire to see equity
illegal activities undertaken by
and sustainability on the water.
the commercial fleet they were to oversee, they’ve become complicit in the ongoing, systematic, sustained depletion of our fish stocks, particularly inshore or ‘shared’ species.
The Quota Management System is under the microscope, and it’s not looking pretty. We need strong leadership at MPI who can operate in a manner that does
The phrase ‘industry capture’ has been
not allow wealthy quota holders
used more recently and appears to have
to sway their decision makers.
been coined in this case by Dr Geoff Simmons at the fisheries symposium in may this year. Captured. It’s a simple term, and I think it sums up the situation pretty well.
To get that kind of change a real enquiry is required, not a limp wristed form of lip service, a Commission of Enquiry - a hands on, get the dirt kind of analysis by individuals not open to political or
Those in positions of power in MPI
financial lobbying. The fish in Aotearoa’s
appear to, despite their desire to affect
waters are the property of the people,
positive change on the fishery, have
not just to line the pockets of oligarch
been fed so much bullsh*t by the commercial lobby that they’ve begun to believe it themselves. It’s money that’s driving the demise of our fisheries, not recreational anglers. We do what we do for fun and to feed our families. Our healthy recreational fishery sustains over 8000 jobs in New Zealand and those recreation fisherpeople spend over a $1billion in pursuit of fish. We spend money on fishing, not earn it. Those whose interests lie in the increased value of their shares in fish
‘fish-lords’ that we call quota holders. Please head to LeagaSea - as a minimum follow them on Facebook. Summer and the game season are just around the corner. If you want to reduce stress and get ahead of the rest get your game gear into your local tackle store now for a check up and greased ready for the new season. The water’s already 17.4deg off Cape Brett the beaks and fin’s can’t be far away!
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Plan B Parengarenga plays hardball BY Orson Waldock
A rare calm patch at first light.
Beaven pulling in a healthy king
IT’S A RARE OCCASION I get the chance to leave the family at home and chase fish in far-flung corners of the country. Unfortunately for me, in the days leading up to the long-planned trip to the far north, the weather forecast was rapidly turning nasty. 20 knots seemed workable a few days out before the forecast hit 30 knots plus the day before our planned departure. My state of mind was in severe danger of getting just as
most northerly harbour. We had a pretty competent 4.5m tinnie in tow with the intent of getting out and exploring the many harbour channels, seagrass flats and mangrove edges chasing snapper and big trevally. We arrived in pitch darkness after navigating a handful of horses and cows free roaming on the main drag of ‘downtown’ Te Hapua. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, dawn broke without the promise of better weather.
unstable as the impending weather. The plan was to head north on a
ir stomach Armies march on the
Thursday evening with a couple of mates making the long trip to the top of the North Island to fish for a couple of days. We were heading to the isolated community of Te Hapua on the northern shores of the fabled Parengarenga Harbour, New Zealand’s
Getting thro ugh work ba ck at the
tidal flows adding to our woes. We shallows out of the r e p p a Nice sn
stuck it out, sheltering in behind a decent sized sand bar and managed, between rain and the wind to up a few
It was still massively snotty with
nice snapper. It was pretty clear though
plenty of wind and a steady supply
that something had to give, two days
of heavy squalls coming in from the west. That being said we decided that the weather was more uncomfortable than unsafe and launched â€˜Reel Keenâ€™ heading out to look for a bit of shelter and hopefully a few fish.
of this was not going to make a trip to remember. We needed another plan. We retreated to the warmth of the batch and tried to figure out what Plan B might be. A quick trawl around our friend Google Earth identified low tide 4wd access around a bit of the
It was pretty hard going with shelter in
coast which then opens up a stretch
short supply and wind against cranking
of seagrass flats and provided some
Queue at the boat ramp
Some of the whitest sand in NZ
shelter from the worst of the wind. So
down some driftwood, lashing the
apparently that was the plan, expend
burley bag to it and driving it into
all my brownie points, shell out a
the mud in a foot or so of water. We
bunch of cash and drive six hours
fished both sides of the tide but found
through the rain to go fishing on the
the incoming more productive as the
mud flats... letâ€™s hope there are some
fish moved back onto the flats to feed
on crabs and the like.
Fishing the flats was an entirely new
Effectively standing in the burley
experience and a huge amount of fun.
trail, we were surrounded by baitfish,
First port of call was to get a burly
and it wasnâ€™t long before bigger fish
trail running which required hunting
started showing interest. With rods
rly trail Standing in the be
The frostbite and plenty of ice sorted ou t the fish
Tim getting into from fresh snapper of the wharf
We had mor e than enough fish to go hom e
so this guy w ent back
Two of these guys came up. Both resident in the bottom of the wharf
topping out and six to seven foot we were not able to cast huge distances and with all probability picking up fish in no more than a single metres depth. Nothing truly huge (at least by Northland standards) turned up but plenty of snapper in the six to eight pound range and a decent king, which on light gear and in very shallow water was a huge amount of fun. We took another trip back to the flats the next day to refine our methods. Setting up a tackle station further above the incoming tide, stuffing our pockets with bags of pre-cut baits to reduce the trips back up the beach
to re-bait and when the weather did close, back in again retreating to the wagon for a feed. In terms of getting out on the water and chasing the trophy trevally we were after, the trip failed miserably. But regarding adapting to our fickle winter weather and hatching a new plan of attack, it was a real success. Funny that banter on the trip back was less about missed opportunities and reflecting on the average weather but more about how we might further refine our approach to fishing the flats with an eye to nabbing that trophy fish in a foot or two of water...ď Ź
When the bad weather cam through it was heavy but cleared just as quick
MPI needs to be overhauled following damning report
THE HERON REPORT into why the
is supposed to be around protecting our
Ministry for Primary Industries did not
fisheries for all New Zealand, yet time
prosecute fish dumping paints a picture
and again MPI finds excuses to defend
The Report, which follows revelations
“Learning that officials decided not to
that the Ministry for Primary Industries
prosecute because they were afraid of
(MPI) has filmed fishing boats engaging
looking stupid is another blow to the
in illegal activity over a period of
confidence we have in the Ministry and
several years, says the decision not to
its operations. The Minister deserves
prosecute was ‘flawed’ and the result
better, and the people of New Zealand
of poor internal communications and a
desire to avoid ‘embarrassment’.”
LegaSea calls for a change - nothing
LegaSea spokesman Scott Macindoe
less than a Commission of Inquiry
says New Zealand deserves better.
into the capture of this Ministry by
“I feel for the Minister who is charged
industry will suffice.
with overseeing New Zealand’s
“We believe a better structure has
fisheries yet has to take his advice
to be introduced than the Quota
from an organisation that is too close to the industry it allegedly manages. A Ministry that sweeps illegal activity under the carpet.” Macindoe says the role of the Ministry
Management System which has been touted as world-class but is built on the assumption that MPI was a competent steward for our fisheries. Instead, we are plagued with an industry rife
with charges of slavery, dumping,
of doubling primary produce exports
misreporting and political interference,
is incompatible with managing a
and a Ministry that simply refuses to
wild, publicly-owned resource like
acknowledge the degree to which it has
fish in the public interest. If MPI
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Hard Days Rewards Seem
Sweeter In search of silver bullets BY Derrick Paull
I WAS ACCUSED RECENTLY of being a
To be a trout fisher takes resilience,
trout fisherman. That was it. Like ‘you
dedication and no small amount of
like trout’ was somehow an indictment
narcissism. One does not trout fish for
on my character. And to him, I suppose
the trout to feel better about itself.
it was. I’ll freely admit that standing
So, in real life, I spend far too much time
waist deep in barely liquid water,
behind a desk and far too few minutes
whipping a 9ft graphite pole through
on the water or beside it. One of the
the air while trying to land a 5mm piece
beauties of chasing trout is the ability
of synthetic chaff wrapped around
to partake with limited time and around
a hook into the sight window of an
‘normal’ life activities.
introduced pest darting around swiftly
I have had the opportunity in previous
moving, bouldery stream hardly sounds
roles to pass great trout streams
normal, does it?
regularly, and I’ve partaken in their
spoils in half hour or hour snapshots, but sometimes that’s just not enough.
‘normal’ and the hine at double normal flow, but what the hey? Let’s do it!
Earlier this year I set three whole days aside solely for chasing the rainbows heading up the Taupo streams on their annual spawning runs. This is a time when they’ll often feed hard and fight even harder.
We started off upstream near the winter cut-off. The water was cold and the air colder at a degree or two above scratch. I’d invested in some new Redington waders, and they were the difference between an hour or a day on the water. Ye gods, it was cold!
As the date drew nearer, the rain fell harder and harder. While a bit of fresh water to flush the streams and invite the trout into the streams is welcome, the sheer volume that fell filled the streams and rivers, making them virtually unfishable, virtually. Sadly I only had a set window so the call was made to hit the water anyway and do what we could in the conditions. And what conditions they were. The Tongariro was about a meter above
This was my first shot at Czech nymphing, and it took some time to adjust to the lack of an indicator and no need to cast the fly, so much as ‘lob’ it upstream. The results were hard to judge as the water was moving so fast and I struggled a little to find the bottom. I watched Brenton’s techniques and emulated his methods, remembering the tips I’d read (right here in NZFisher!) from Chris and Markus
of Rod & Reel I slowly got the hang
On one occasion, with what happened
of things and began targeting the
to be my best fish, I found a hole
shallower and slower water on the
immediately behind a log that slowed
inside of bends and hard against banks.
the water and provided a nice lie for fish.
After what felt like an eternity, I got a
I struck the bite hard and wrenched it
touch. Or I thought it was a touch, but
towards the mainstream. At first, the
on the next drift I hit the nudge and
fish was compliant, but after about 30
came up solid on a nice (albeit spent)
seconds it put its heart to the task and
jack. While Czech nymphing offers a
stole 50m of line in seconds and began
new technique for hooking the fish,
once you’re hooked up, the fight on fly
I had two choices: watch it disappear
gear is still awesome.
downstream or jump in and chase. Now,
I managed a few more on day one, but
I’m not the type to throw abandon to the
it was a quiet day in comparison to last
wind, but it was a good fish! The decision
year. Day two started slow and very
was not a wise one, with the water racing
wet. We started further downstream
and significantly deeper than usual I was
and sought fish in the quieter holes and
quickly out of my depth and being rushed
backwaters that were created by the
downstream along with my fish.
extra flow (and were largely areas that
Fighting and keeping my tip up while
are normally above the waterline). These
stumbling, fumbling and drifting was not
spots had a lot of snags, and despite many easy, but the slack water at the next bend attempts, I lost some fish to the trees so gave me an opportunity to get purchase I began immediately dragging them into
and drag myself and shortly later, a 50cm,
the current which had its complications.
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DURING THE COLDER MONTHS more and more of the ghostly shapes move in close to our reefs, these slow-moving ambush predators mount up in numbers to feed in these cold, rich currents that move past our shores the become less of a bycatch and as I’ve found can be targeted using simple methods with great success. The humble John Dory is an illusive fish to many, but there are ways of maximising your odds in these cooler times and secure a good feed of them. During winter they seem to hang on the sand nearby the reefs
targeting them on soft bait, some may say it’s been luck, but there’s got to be something to all this, could it be the action or is it simply that the fish is there and hungry?
and go a lot paler in colour. We know
Much like soft baiting for snapper I cast
these fish are ambush predators and
forward using just enough weight to get
can change their colour to match their
me to the bottom, searching the whole
water column. But instead of casting
Dropping your hook at the edges of reefs where they fall off to sand flats seems to be key. Align your drift with the contour lines of the sea bed to start targeting these beautiful creatures.
blindly I’m targeting these weed edges, using my side scanner I’m finding likely looking terrain and working my lure along these edges. The action is very slowed down; I use quite an erratic action when soft baiting for snapper but when I’m
For many years the only way to target
looking for John Dory everything is at half
these slow moving shadows has been
pace, long pause and wind in the slack
with live bait. This method has been
then one long lift and repeat.
tried and tested, and most do it with a ledger rig style with a decent weight on the bottom and a branch off it with a good size circle hook and a live jack mackerel swimming half a metre off the bottom. It works, but where’s the fun? Now I’ve since been experimenting with
I tend to be using larger soft baits up around the 7” mark and in 20m of water around 1/2oz of weight, it might be luck it might be something else, but it seems to work and why wouldn’t it. Hopefully, this weather clears, and I can keep putting this theory to the test.
Get Your Prop Right The gentle art of power vs spin BY Darren Parsons
EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT NOW
could be doing serious damage to your
and then you need to change your
engine. With this in mind, NZFisher
engine oil, fill up your trailer tyres or
thought we would do a bit of research
get your car serviced by a mechanic.
to outline the basics when it comes to
Furthermore, if you drive off road, then
you might need to change to a tyre that is more suited to that type of use. But how often do we think about whether your boat has the correct propeller for the way you use it, or whether your prop is not performing because itâ€™s worn down or has taken a ding? Propellers are a crucial piece of kit -
The two key words when it comes to props are diameter and pitch. Diameter being the straight line distance across the circle made by the propellers blades. As a general rule, slower boats have larger props, but as engine power increases, so should propeller diameter.
theyâ€™re the bit that makes your boat go
Pitch, however, is the distance
forward. if you have the wrong prop for
the boat moves forward with one
your engine or type of use, not only will
complete revolution of the propeller
you suffer from reduced performance
not accounting for slippage, which is
and decreased fuel efficiency, but you
usually about 20%.
A lower pitched prop will spin through
Other than pitch and diameter, you
the water easier, allowing the engine
may also want to consider what your
to rev up quickly, providing better
prop is made from. Stainless steel can
acceleration (known as ‘hole shot’).
be much more expensive, but is much
Conversely, a higher pitch prop won’t
more durable, and flex’s less, which can
have the same acceleration, but will
potentially add two to three knots to
usually provide better top end speed
your top end speed.
and cruise speed efficiency. As a result,
A downside to a stainless prop can
there is no one propeller to rule them
stem, ironically, from this increased
all, it’s about balance and compromise,
strength, however. Hitting a rock with
and knowing the type of boat usage
a stainless prop can transfer the impact
that is essential to your needs.
up into the engine, causing potentially
If your pitch is too low, your top speed
costly internal damage compared to a
will be reduced, your fuel efficiency will be reduced, and over revving at the top end can damage your engine. If
cheap sacrificial aluminium prop. So if you are operating in shallow rocky areas where you expect to hit the odd rock, it
your pitch is too high or your propeller
may pay to stick to aluminium.
too large, your engine will struggle,
If you are buying a new boat, the dealer
potentially leading to damage, and your
should ask about how you intend to
slow speed manoeuvring will suffer
use it, and take that into account with
from a sideways pull.
the engine size and hull design and
weight to select an appropriate prop. But how do you know if you have the wrong prop, or even worse, that you are running a damaged propeller? If you are too slow to get on the plane, and can’t get to within 100 to 200 revs per minute of the manufacturer’s recommendation for wide open throttle for your engine, then you are likely to need a prop with a lower pitch. Alternatively, if your engine over revs without reaching what you expect should be top speed, then you may need a prop with a higher pitch. If your engine has excessive vibration or ventilation (when the engine over
revs due to drawing down air from the water’s surface), then your prop may be damaged and need replacing. So what should you do if any of these situations is occurring? The best thing to do is visit your local marine dealer or prop specialist. However, if you are a DIY fan, you could start by looking here. You will need to know your engine type and its horsepower rating, your boat’s weight and hull style, and the diameter and pitch that your propeller currently has. Running a wide open throttle test to see if you achieve recommended revs for your engine is also worthwhile.
Potentially most significant, however, is knowing how you plan to use your boat, and running your tests under those conditions. For example, if you are likely to be heavily loaded (with dive gear for example), then you may want a slightly lower pitched prop. Alternatively, if you are going to be doing a lot of trolling lures, you may want the efficiency that a higher pitch prop provides. If you have questions, we recommend you speak to your local marine service technician; many will allow you to trial a prop before committing and itâ€™s worthwhile talking to them for advice before investing. ď Ź
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HE CAN’T PHYSICALLY HOLD a fishing
operate a motorised wheelchair. Bryce
rod and being on a boat out at sea can
also had an attitude change. He realised
be a bit tricky, but for Bryce Dinneen
that the one thing he could control in
fishing has been a lifesaver. The
life was his mindset and that he needed
Tauranga man founded ‘Wish4Fish’,
to create a positive environment.
a charitable trust that raises money
“You get dealt blows, but you have
to charter fishing boats so people living with a disability, like him, can enjoy the rush of catching a fish.
to bounce back and realise how lucky you are,” Bryce says. He has set up the Wish4Fish office in his home, with
It’s been incredibly successful,
the help of some trusted volunteers.
with lots of charters already and a
The funds they raise go to chartering
200-person dinner at Auckland’s
boats out of Tauranga and Coromandel
Alexandra Park a couple of months ago
and hopefully soon out of Auckland.
raising $20,000 to fund even more.
“We use a couple of boats that we can
Now Wish4Fish has also seen
access through the back and by using
Bryce, 38, selected as a finalist in
a small ramp,” Bryce says. “Some of
the Entrepreneur category of the
us can’t hold fishing rods, but the rod
2016 Attitude Awards. The national
sits in a bracket, and by using electric
awards celebrate the excellence
reels, we can fish for snapper, kingies,
and achievements of Kiwis with
kahawai – anything we can catch for
disability and chronic health.
the thrill of it and being out at sea.
Bryce’s story is one that many young
We are currently looking for a couple
people may just relate to. He was at
of accessible boats in Auckland,
a mate’s ‘Stag Do’ in Wellington in
with skippers who get the spirit
2007. He dived into the water down at
of Wish4Fish. Our long-term plan
Wellington’s waterfront. It was shallow.
is to raise enough money to build
Bryce broke several vertebrae – and
our own user-friendly boat, and go
was paralysed from the neck down.
from port to port so more people
After almost a year at the Burwood
like me can get out to fish.”
Spinal Unit in Christchurch, he regained
More than anything, Bryce loves the
enough movement in his right arm to
magic moments like when one of his
This year’s finalists have an impressive list of achievements and ACC is delighted to acknowledge New Zealanders who live life to the fullest, achieve their goals and are role models in our communities guests, who was mostly non-verbal
of nominations we had to just 24
due to a stroke, at the end of the trip
finalists, across the eight categories.
looked at him and whispered, ‘Thank
Now I’m looking forward to getting to
you’. It meant the world to him.
know the finalists as we travel around
Bryce will find out if he has won
the country filming with them and
an Attitude Award at a black-tie
sharing their stories. Thank you to
gala on November 29 at Auckland’s
our fantastic family of sponsors who
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have allowed us to once again shine a
categories in the 2016 Attitude Awards,
light on some great Kiwis living with
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How not to land a fish BY Neil Wagener
IF IT HASN’T HAPPENED to you yet, it almost certainly will one day. You’re fighting a fish, it’s getting close to the surface, you lift the tip, forget about the rod and lunge with the net or gaff and nek minute - two piece rod! And often a lost fish.
You can see Orson had the rod almost vertical as the fish came near. The added pressure of the fish dropping in the swell ‘point loaded’ the rod, causing it to break. From Facebook, here’s some advice to avoid snapping your rod through point loading:
It’s singularly the most gutting thing that can happen - losing a great fish AND breaking your rod, all in one hit. In the ‘old days’ before graphite or high-carbon rods high sticking was not a problem, fibreglass was just so forgiving you could get away with nearly anything.
“So what’s the best advice to avoid this? (as you fight the fish) Hold rod out more horizontal with a bit less line out (rod in wrist more) and maybe loosen drag off? I watch my own footage and see myself high stick it a bit with the rush of adrenaline and eyes focused on fish.”
So, what is high sticking? Check this video of unlucky angler Orson Waldock losing a good fish to a mind-blank moment as he dealt with not only an XXL snapper but horrid sea conditions in his yak.
And from Daiwa Australia, here’s a really helpful video on the dynamics and issues with graphite rods, plus some tips on avoiding an unwanted two piece rod! ! Click here to watch.
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Alex Simpson & a mean Hauraki Puka - YUM!
> Azar with a 22kg Bluenose from deep off Mangonui
Brady Cole & a lit up King!
> Brady Cole with a snapper so pink it culd be an Aussie!
Dwayne Ata with a solid 20lb+ snap from ‘East of Kawau’
James Hoseason with a ‘schooly’ 21.5lber off the Manukau Bar
Thomas Tuala with a nice puka Caught Hapuka 5km out from Bayswater, Napier
Joshua Slater successful after Snooping snapper up northland on the Yak
Tim struggling under a hefty Far North Bass
Zane Cundy with a solid red from the rocks
Johan Willemen witha 25lb Northland red from the bricks, topped the 20lber he got an hour earlier!
Travis Godden with a decent snap taken on a jig!
Crayfish Numbers Reach Record Lows
CRAYFISH (ROCK LOBSTER) NUMBERS have dropped to record lows in marine reserves at Leigh and Tawharanui. At this month’s Hauraki Gulf Forum meeting members expressed concern about the results of a recent University of Auckland survey. Dr Nick Shears, a University of Auckland marine biologist at the Leigh Marine Laboratory, says crayfish numbers inside the two reserves are down a further 25 percent from 2014.
sized reserves at Tawharanui and Hahei – would need to be extended from the current 800 metres to three kilometres offshore,” says Dr Shears. Hauraki Gulf Forum Chairman John Tregidga said he expected the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial plan, due at the end of this year, to address marine reserves and fisheries management issues in an integrated manner.
Asked for comment by the Forum, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says it is aware of on-going concerns Earlier this year scientists found crayfish about numbers of rock lobster in the numbers inside Goat Island reserve were CRA2 area. It says the MPI reduced the lower than when it was established in 1975 and less than a quarter of their peak commercial catch limit in 2014 and the fishing industry has voluntarily in the 1990s. made further reductions to commercial Numbers outside the reserves are also the catches this year. lowest they have been since monitoring MPI will review catch limits for April 2017 began in the 1990s and are estimated to assess whether the numbers of rock to be now less than five percent of the lobsters have increased following the natural, unfished level. reductions in catch. MPI says they will Dr Shears attributes the decline in the carry out a full scientific assessment of reserves to sustained fishing pressure on the fisheries management area next year their boundaries, as well the state of the which will form the basis for a further broader ‘CRA2’ fisheries management and comprehensive management review area (the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty). scheduled for 2017/18. He says the offshore boundaries of the MPI will also be engaging with local reserves should be extended. communities on the issues and potential “To more effectively protect crayfish long term solutions to inform the and other resident animals within their 2017/18 full review and to ensure this home ranges, the offshore boundary of important fishery is managed at a level the Goat Island reserve – and similarthat provides benefits to all users.
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