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ADVOCACY 2014 - 15

 

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Who amongst us will take the time to bury our heads in the detail of fisheries management?

In reality, most of us look for the 'highlights reel' to find out where we stand, what the big issues are and what we can do.

And that's okay because LegaSea is here to do the hard-yards, all we need is your support!

  • effective engagement in management
  • independent science advice
  • policies for abundant fisheries
  • marine protection discussions.

What's next?

Fisheries management is a specialised and complex issue, compounded by other developments in the marine space, like aquaculture, marine spatial plans and poor land management.

One objective of LegaSea is to demystify fisheries management and bring you the 'highlights reel', so you can make informed decisions and choose to take decisive action that will make a difference.

LegaSea stands proudly beside a team of dedicated and professional fisheries management advocates and researchers. These are the people making a stand for our recreational fishing rights and interests. This team is guided by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Fisheries Management Committee. Their expertise, passionate work and dedication is tireless.

Below is a chronological record of ADVOCACY events, documents or news. Latest news is at the top.

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2015

Coastal zones for public fishing 21 December 2015

LegaSea Update NZ Fishing News magazine. If ever there was a time for coastal zones free from industrial fishing it is now. There is increasing concern from coastal communities about the lack of fish, shellfish and poor water quality inshore. Local groups are trying their best to deal with a raft of problems but there are few institutional structures to support their needs.

coastal zones for public fishing

Free Fish Heads 21 December 2015

LegaSea Update The Adventurer newspaper. Thanks to Matt Watson's 'get stuck in and do it' approach the freefishheads website was born. This marvelous initiative enables successful anglers to share unwanted fish heads and frames with people in their community and at the same time conserve our fishery.

free fish heads

Do we ban fishing during spawning season? 21 December 2015

LegaSea Update New Zealand Fishing World magazine. A ban on snapper fishing during spawning season is often promoted as a way of allowing more fish to spawn, providing more eggs in the water and more fish in the future. While it seems like the right thing to do there is no agreed view from the experts on whether this strategy would increase fish numbers or what months a ban should apply given that spawning can extend from October to March.

ban fishing during spawning

What's Fishing Worth campaign 14 December 2015

LegaSea Update NZ Bay Fisher magazine. Any day now LegaSea is expecting to see early results from the New Zealand Marine Research Foudation's project to measure the value of recreational fishing in New Zealand.

whats fishing worth? campaign

Submission. Fisheries system review.14 December 2015

A comprehensive submission sent to MPI in response to the fisheries system review. This submission offers potential solutions and discusses a raft of topics including the role of MPI partnering with commercial interests, the quota system, the purpose and principles of the Fisheries Act, the need for transparency in management and data sharing, allocation, compensation, the futility of self reporting by recreational fishers and why co-management cannot work under the current framework.

fisheries system review submission

What's Fishing Worth? campaign 10 December 2015

LegaSea online newsletter. What's Fishing Worth? update. The research to value the contribution that recreational fishing makes to the New Zealand economy is well underway. The study is in its final stages and the researchers, Southwick Associates, are compiling the results. So what happens next?

whats fishing worth

Northern regional recreational fisheries meeting. 8 December 2015

First and last meeting, for 2015, of the northeast and west coast recreational fisheries forum. Meeting discussed potential research projects for 2016-17, role of the recreational forums and how useful they are or are not, the SNA1 management plan, Sea Change marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf and the fisheries system review. Members also discussed the ongoing depletion of northern stocks of trevally, hapuku/bass, crayfish and local area issues. Two representatives attended this meeting.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

Restoring fisheries requires better information 29 November 2015

LegaSea Update NZ Fishing News magazine. In 2014 the National Research Bureau produced a 140-page report for the Ministry for Primary Industries detailing the landed catch of recreational fishers by area, species and even down to the number of times we came home with zero, one, two or more of the same species.

restoring fisheries requires better information

Busting the myth of unknown recreational catch 28 November 2015

LegaSea Update The Adventurer newspaper. In 2015 we have a better understanding and more data than ever on recreational harvest nationwide, particularly about catches from the popular Hauraki Gulf. In November 2014 MPI published a report detailing national and regional catch, by average weight per species and percentages of landed catch bags.

busting the myth of unknown recreational catch

What's Fishing Worth update 27 November 2015

LegaSea Update NZ Bay Fisher magazine. A big thanks to all of you who have donated to the NZ Marine Research Foundation's latest project to measure the impact that recreational fishing has on the New Zealand economy. For others who are keen, you can still donate directly to the What's Fishing Worth? project.

whats fishing worth? update

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 26 November 2015

24th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting discussion focussed on all sectors feedback to the revised draft management plan distributed by MPI. This was to be the last group meeting. Plan to be finalised at the 8 December meeting. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

What's Fishing Worth? update 26 November 2015

LegaSea Update Pacific Powerboat magazine. A big thanks to all of you who have donated to the NZ Marine Research Foundation's latest project to measure the impact that recreational fishing has on the New Zealand economy. For others who are keen, you can still donate directly to the What's Fishing Worth? project.

whats fishing worth? update

What's Fishing Worth? update 24 November 2015

LegaSea Update Dive New Zealand magazine. A big thanks to all of you who have donated to the NZ Marine Research Foundation's latest project to measure the impact that recreational fishing has on the New Zealand economy. For others who are keen, you can still donate directly to the What's Fishing Worth? project.

whats NZ recreational fishing really worth?

Busting the myth of unknown recreational catch 21 November 2015

LegaSea Update New Zealand Fishing World magazine. In 2015 we have a better understanding and more data than ever on recreational harvest nationwide, particularly about catches from the popular Hauraki Gulf. In November 2014 MPI published a report detailing national and regional catch, by average weight per species and percentages of landed catch bags.

whats fishing worth?

Free Fish Heads. 20 November 2015

LegaSea pinup. Thanks to Matt Watson's 'get stuck in and do it' approach the freefishheads website was born. This marvelous initiative enables successful anglers to share unwanted fish heads and frames with people in their community and at the same time conserve our fishery.

what is the value of recreational fishing?

Northern inshore fisheries Working Group meeting. 20 November 2015

A review of kahawai catch at age project design, project is expected to run over the summer of 2016-17. Review of more work on the Trevally 1 stock assessment, no useful index found. Project to determine estuary of origin of grey mullet was not successful. One New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

northern inshore fisheries working group meeting

Highly Migratory Species Working Group meeting. 19 November 2015

A review of progress on a new technique to investigate movements and diet of HMS stocks. There could be an opportunity for public fishers to assist in collecting samples. The ongoing monitoring of juvenile albacore catch in the NZ troll fishery was also discussed. Two NZSFC representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

highly migratory species meeting

Hawke's Bay joint meeting. 17 November 2015

LegaSea Hawkes Bay's 4th joint meeting with industry and MPI to discuss ongoing depletion issues in Hawke Bay. Commercial interests will discuss the revised package of proposals with their colleagues and advise the outcome of those discussions by the end of the month. Local and two national representatives attended for the Council. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

legasea hawkes bay meeting

Highly Migratory Species Working Group meeting. 11 November 2015

A review of data collected on HMS stocks, from gamefish tagging project and the billfish logbook programme. Updated working group reports on 12 HMS stocks were reviewed and some of the recent stock assessment results were discussed. Two NZSFC representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

highly migratory species meeting

OIA snapper information request. 30 October 2015

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council submit two Official Information Act requests: 1. data collected and amounts reported of undersized snapper returned to the sea in Area 1, northeast coast; 2. data on fish losses from commercial vessels fishing on the north east and west coasts. OIA deadline 27 November 2015. MPI provided fish loss data on 27 Nov, but extended the undersized snapper data deadline until 21 December 2015.

fisheries system review meeting

Fisheries system review meeting. 28 October 2015

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council fisheries team and a New Zealand Angling and Casting Association representative meet with the MPI Policy team to discuss the upcoming review of the fisheries management system, the Act and other issues. MPI encourages feedback on most topics. Submission deadline is 11 December 2015.

fisheries system review meeting

Free Fish Heads 28 October 2015

LegaSea Update NZ Fishing News magazine. Thanks to Matt Watson's 'get stuck in and do it' approach the freefishheads website was born. This marvelous initiative enables successful anglers to share unwanted fish heads and frames with people in their community and at the same time conserve our fishery.

free fish heads

What's fishing worth? update 28 October 2015

LegaSea Update NZ e-Fisher magazine. A big thanks to all of you who have donated to the NZ Marine Research Foundation's latest project to measure the impact that recreational fishing has on the New Zealand economy. For others who are keen, you can still donate directly to the What's Fishing Worth? project.

whats fishing worth?

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 27 October 2015

23rd meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting discussion focussed on the NZ Sport Fishing Council's feedback to the revised draft management plan distributed by MPI on 22 October. Three representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

Public quest to find the truth 27 October 2015

LegaSea Update NZ Bay Fisher magazine. In August LegaSea launched the What's Fishing Worth? campaign to help raise $400,000 to support the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation's project seeking to put a dollar value on recreational fishing in New Zealand.

whats fishing worth?

What's fishing worth? update 26 October 2015

LegaSea Update New Zealand Fishing World magazine. A big thanks to all of you who have donated to the NZ Marine Research Foundation's latest project to measure the impact that recreational fishing has on the New Zealand economy. For others who are keen, you can still donate directly to the What's Fishing Worth? project.

whats fishing worth?

What's Fishing Worth? Update 26 October 2015

LegaSea Update The Adventurer newspaper. A big thanks to all of you who have donated to the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation's latest project to measure the impact that recreational fishing has on the New Zealand economy. For others who are keen, you can still donate directly to the What's Fishing Worth? project.

researching to find the truth

What's your fishing worth? 24 October 2015

LegaSea Newsboard. Changing the way people view the ocean and creating a more positive attitude towards conservation is an outcome of overseas research into the value of recreational fishing. LegaSea believes the same positive benefits could apply to New Zealand.

what is the value of recreational fishing?

The birds are coming. 21 October 2015

LegaSea Update online. Thousands of our migrating seabirds are returning home to New Zealand after a long-haul flight from the Northern hemisphere or across the Pacific. Let's look after the birds by fishing smarter. Birds use sight and smell to hunt for food so keep your boat or fishing area clean. Keep fish scraps and old bait in a covered bucket while you fish.

whats fishing worth?

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 13 October 2015

22nd meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting discussion focussed on the 34-page draft management plan distributed 3 working days before the meeting. Discussion on some matters was suspended until the next meeting. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

Hawke's Bay joint meeting. 6 October 2015

LegaSea Hawkes Bay's 3rd meeting with industry and MPI to discuss ongoing depletion issues in the Hawke's Bay. Commercial interests presented a package of proposals which were amended after discussion. LegaSea Hawkes Bay will discuss the proposals with their membership and advise their feedback by the next meeting. Local and one national representatives attended for the Council. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

legasea hawkes bay meeting

What's fishing worth update 29 September 2015

LegaSea Update NZ Fishing News magazine. Changing the way people view the ocean and creating a more positive attitude towards conservation is an outcome of overseas research into the value of recreational fishing. LegaSea believes the same positive benefits could apply to New Zealand.

whats fishing worth?

Research does make a difference! 28 September 2015

LegaSea Update NZ e-Fisher magazine. It's just over a month since LegaSea launched the What's Fishing Worth? fundraising campaign on behalf of the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation. Thanks a lot to everyone who has contributed to this important project. So far we have raised over $37,000 to discover the value of recreational fishing to our economy.

whats fishing worth?

What's fishing worth? 28 September 2015

LegaSea Update NZ Bay Fisher magazine. A recent Australian study found recreational fisheris contribute an estimated $2.56 billion to the nation's economy. But what's fishing worth in New Zealand? No one knows so the NZ Marine Research Foundation has commissioned Southwick Associates to research how much recreational fishers contribute to our national economy through taxes, job creation and GDP growth.

whats fishing worth?

Researching to find the truth 26 September 2015

LegaSea Update The Adventurer newspaper. It's just over a month since LegaSea launched the What's Fishing Worth? fundraising campaign on behalf of the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation. Thanks a lot to everyone who has contributed to this important project.

researching to find the truth

What's fishing worth? 24 September 2015

LegaSea Update Club Marine magazine. In Australia it is estimated that recreational fishers contribute $2.56 billion to the nation's economy. But what's fishing worth in New Zealand? No one knows so the NZ Marine Research Foundation has commissioned a full scale research project to find out.

whats fishing worth?

What is the value of recreational fishing? 24 September 2015

LegaSea Newsboard. What is the value of recreational fishing to you, your family and the economy of New Zealand? In Australia a recent study found recreational fishers contribute an estimated $2.56 billion to the nation's economy. But what's fishing worth in New Zealand?

what is the value of recreational fishing?

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 22 September 2015

21st meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting focussed on revised snapper modelling results from NIWA and the biomass target that ought to be included in the management plan. Meeting also discussed the need for a fishery independent longline survey. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

Northern inshore fisheries Working Group meeting. 17 September 2015

A review of how some stock assessments will be presented in the annual Plenary reports for Bluenose (nationally), Kahawai 1 (northeast coast, North Island) and Snapper 7 (top of the South Island). Recommendations on the status of stocks were also discussed. Two NZSFC representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

What's Fishing Worth? 15 September 2015

LegaSea Update Kookaburra magazine. A 2012 Auckland Council study valued recreational fishing in the Hauraki Gulf at an estimated $81 million. Nationally, we have no idea what recreational fishing is worth because no-one has spent the money to find out. But that is about to change.

What's Fishing Worth?

What's our fishing really worth? 15 September 2015

LegaSea Update Dive New Zealand magazine. A recent Australian study found recreational fishers contribute an estimated $2.56 billion to the national economy. But what is fishing worth in New Zealand? No one knows so the NZ Marine Research Foundation has commissioned Southwick Associates to research how much recreational fishers contribute to our national economy through taxes, job creation and GDP growth.

whats NZ recreational fishing really worth?

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 8 September 2015

20th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting discussed and agreed on some aspects of the draft Snapper 1 Strategic Plan. Some of the key points on targets and timeframes were sidestepped. Next meeting to discuss updated science, model projections. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

What's fishing worth? 6 September 2015

LegaSea Update New Zealand Fishing World magazine. In Australia it is estimated that recreational fishers contribute $2.56 billion to the nation's economy. But what's fishing worth in New Zealand? No one knows so the NZ Marine Research Foundation has commissioned a full scale research project to find out.

whats fishing worth?

Hawke's Bay joint meeting. 27 August 2015

LegaSea Hawkes Bay's second meeting with industry and MPI to discuss ongoing depletion issues in the Hawke's Bay. No meaningful proposals from industry. Another meeting scheduled for late September. Local and two national representatives attended for the Council. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Tauranga launch. What's Fishing Worth? campaign. 26 August 2015

LegaSea launch the fundraising campaign, What's Fishing Worth? in Tauranga. Campaign is raising funds to support a research project by the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation to measure the contribution that recreational fishing makes to the national economy. Launch event held at the Tauranga Sport Fishing Club.

whats fishing worth

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 25 August 2015

19th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. MPI and NIWA presented more results of modelling exercises. Recommendations made to the NZSFC. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

CRA5 management workshop. 24 August 2015

Multi-sector meeting in Blenheim to discuss the future management of CRA5, top of the South Island and east coast, down to Otago. High interest from all sectors. Paua industry observers attended. Abundance is okay in some areas of CRA5, other areas are in decline. Q & A session. All sectors aspire to have a healthy and abundant CRA fishery. One representative attended for the Council.

Marine amateur fisheries Working Group meeting. 18 August 2015

Interest in this meeting from MPI managers was high. Several projects underway were discussed. Design of the survey to estimate the recreational rock lobster harvest in CRA3 (Gisborne) was also discussed. Several recommendations made to NZSFC. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Launch. What's Fishing Worth? campaign. 11 August 2015

LegaSea launch a fundraising campaign, What's Fishing Worth? This campaign is raising funds to support a research project by the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation to measure the contribution that recreational fishing makes to the national economy. Launch event held in Auckland 10 August and campaign officially launched on 11 August.

whats fishing worth

Marine amateur fisheries Working Group meeting. 27 July 2015

Progress reports on several projects that are nearing completion. Discussed design of the next National Panel Survey to estimate recreational harvest. One representative attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Hawke's Bay joint meeting. 15 July 2015

LegaSea Hawkes Bay's first meeting with industry and MPI to discuss ongoing depletion issues in the Hawke's Bay. LegaSea Hawke Bay presented their proposals to improve recreational fishing in the Bay. Industry unable to comment until after a meeting on 29 July. Another meeting scheduled for August. Local and two national representatives attended for the Council. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Blue cod submission. 30 June 2015

A joint recreational submission made in response to review the regulations applying to recreational fishing in the Marlborough Sounds. This submission was a collective effort by the NZ Sport Fishing Council, LegaSea supporters, the Marlborough Recreational Fishers Association and the Coalition of the Combined Clubs of Wellington. The objective is to have an abundant blue cod fishery at the top of the South Island and fair access to the available fish for recreational anglers.

joint marlborough blue cod submission

Important research into recreational fishing. 29 June 2015

Recreational fishing is more popular now than in 2007 and interest is growing. Results from the 2013/14 Active New Zealand survey ranks fishing as the second most popular recreation for men and ninth for women. Despite its popularity, no one knows how much our recreational fishing contributes to the national economy, but that is about to change.

Important research recreational fishing

Recreational fishing parks a distraction. 28 June 2015

Prior to last year's election National surprised us when they announced a policy to introduce two recreational fishing parks, one in the inner Hauraki Gulf and the other in the Marlborough Sounds. The promise was to exclude most commercial fishing and enhance fishing opportunities for Kiwi families. There was a mixed response.

tuna fishing increases despite depletion

Restoring abundance by reducing waste. 27 June 2015

Snapper is the species most often targeted by recreational anglers in New Zealand. In 2012 nationwide amateur harvest of snapper was estimated to be 4811 tonnes. This is more than the combined harvest of nine other popular species.

restoring abundance

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 17 June 2015

18th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. MPI and NIWA scientists explained the results of research into different management strategies to rebuild the snapper fishery on the northeast coast. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 3 June 2015

17th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. Members provided feedback on the draft Strategic Plan, and aspects of the communication and education requirements to achieve a sucessful rebuild in Snapper 1. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Ongoing celebrations for Supreme Court ruling 28 May 2015

Recreational fishers are celebrating the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that changed the fisheries management landscape in New Zealand. In 2009 the Supreme Court confirmed the Minister can apply discretion and government policy when allocating the available fisheries resource between sectors.

legasea kahawai media release

Snapper 1 and rebuilding ecosystems is important 28 May 2015

Future management of Snapper 1. Rebuilding inshore ecosystems. Protecting spawning habitats and important juvenile habitat areas is critical to the future rebuild of Snapper 1 and other species within the same management areas.

snapper 1 rebuilding ecosystems and spawning habitats

Opportunity lost in crayfish review. 26 May 2015

There are two outcomes from the recent crayfish management review process; both are bad news for non-commercial interests. Firstly, the Minister followed industry advice to maintain or increase commercial catch limts, and secondly, that under the current regime we are unlikely to see a rebuild of crayfish numbers along our coastline any time soon.

tuna fishing increases despite depletion

LegaSea Legends recognised. 25 May 2015

LegaSea Legends is a new initiative that recognises people who are committed to fishing and conserving fish for future generations. People who contribute at least $10 per month to LegaSea are entitled to join the Legends programme and receive a welcome pack.

legasea legends recognised

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 19 May 2015

16th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. Members discussed results of NIWA research to test various rebuild timeframes for the Snapper 1 stock. There is a clear need to reduce the amount of fishing related mortality. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show 6 May 2015

LegaSea has joined forces with extreme fisherman Matt Watson to be at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show from 14th to 17th May, at the Auckland Show Grounds. Blue cod management in the Marlborough Sounds and Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, under review. Invitation to One Ocean report launch and the opportunity to be in a documentary.

legasea newsletter 29 may 2015

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 28 April 2015

15th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. Members provided feedback on several issues, including environmental issues and the draft plan to the Minister. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Unprecedented agreement in Marlborough fishery. 28 April 2015

For the first time in four years management of Marlborough Sounds Blue cod is being reviewed and LegaSea is encouraging recreational fishers to have their say on the future of this most prized fishery. Also, a review of the recent Ministerial crayfish decisions, particularly for Northland and Gisborne.

tuna fishing increases despite depletion

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 8 April 2015

14th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. Members provided feedback on several documents drafted by MPI. Discussion on how to improve productivity of the snapper fishery and other stocks in Area 1. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Speak up for Marlborough Sounds Blue cod. 1 April 2015

Blue cod are important ecologically. They are the 3rd most popular recreational species harvested by number, nationally. For the 1st time in four years management of Marlborough Sounds Blue cod is being reviewed. LegaSea encourages submissions. Recent Ministerial crayfish decisions, dumping and wastage must stop. Go Fuel Westhaven Fishing Classic movie round-up.

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Tuna fishing increases despite depletion. 30 March 2015

Given the state of tuna stocks it is incredible that regional authorities have allowed more than 6,000 industrial fishing vessels to target tuna in the western and central Pacific Ocean. Fishing boats have flooded into this area over the last 20 years as stocks have declined in other oceans. At the same time New Zealand's tuna catch has collapsed.

tuna fishing increases despite depletion

Crayfish leftovers not good enough. 26 March 2015

There are ongoing issues related to the management of our crayfish stocks that need to be addressed this year. Crayfish are a prized shellfish, a taonga, and we need to be sure that the public's long-term interests are protected and we have reasonable access to our crayfish.

crayfish management under spotlight

Stop wasting our fish! 12 March 2015

Fish dumping and unnecessary wastage in our fisheries has to stop, and many of you have the handiest tool to address it - your cellphone camera. Several trawlermen have revealed that dumping happens on every trawl.

crayfish management under spotlight

Surprising results from recreational catch survey. 12 March 2015

Over 4.5 million snapper, 1.1 million kahawai and 680,000 blue cod were caught and kept by recreational fishers during 2011-12. These are the three most popular marine species, by number, in New Zealand. Around 5.4 percent of all finfish was taken from charter vessels.

crayfish management under spotlight

Exciting reappearance of yellowfin. 10 March 2015

It seems that yellowfin tuna are not gone forever from New Zealand waters. Dare we hope that this season is just the start of their return, or is this just a painful reminder of the superb fishery that has been lost?

crayfish management under spotlight

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 10 March 2015

13th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. Members provided feedback on several documents drafted by MPI. Utilisation and how each sector can make the most of their catch was discussed. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Crayfish management under the spotlight. 28 February 2015

Crayfish are a prized catch and important ecologically so it is critical we protect the fishery from over-exploitation. MPI has just issued proposals for the future management of several fisheries, including the northern crayfish stock called CRA1.

crayfish management under spotlight

Crayfish becoming exclusive property. 27 February 2015

Crayfish might not be on everyone's catch list but they are a treasured meal when shared with family and friends. Not surprisingly they are also a valuable commercial species so when it comes to management there is always high interest in any catch increases.

crayfish becoming exclusive property

Recreational fishing is not a waste. 26 February 2015

Summer is a hectic time of year for the LegaSea team as there are so many fund raising events, fishing contests and community gatherings to attend. It is such a buzz to see people enjoying the fishing, the camaraderie with their mates, and spending quality time amongst family. And this is just a snapshot of how fishing provides for our wellbeing.

recreational fishing is not a waste

Crayfish submission summary. 23 February 2015

An easy to read summary of the NZ Sport Fishing Council submission made in response to the proposals for the future management of selected crayfish stocks. The Council proposes a raft of measures to restore crayfish abundance, availability and size. The Minister must act in a manner that provides for reasonable public use of the fishery now, and sustains the fishery for future generations.

crayfish submission summary

Fish dumping is not okay. 19 February 2015

TV One Breakfast captured an interview with LegaSea spokesperson, Scott Macindoe, this morning to discuss fish dumping off the west coast. Footage of floating dead fish has gone viral on the web and we want you to see what damage is caused by bulk harvesting inshore. It's a sad sight, but a reality off our coast more often than what we imagine.

fish dumping is not okay

Crayfish submission. 18 February 2015

The NZ Sport Fishing Council submit in response to the proposals for the future management of selected crayfish stocks. NZSFC urge the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, to take a more active management role. The size and abundance of crayfish needs to increase to ensure the public's needs are met, to mitigate the risks associated with low stock levels, and to sustain the crayfish stocks for future generations.

nzsfc crayfish submission

Valuing recreational fishing. 11 February 2015

One of LegaSea's 5 Principles is to value recreational fishing. Our fishing supports a vast array of businesses, from charter boat operations, boat builders, tackle dealers, bait and ice suppliers and the assortment of fishing media.

valuing recreational fishing

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 10 February 2015

12th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. Members asked for feedback on design of tagging project. Overview of Snapper 1 recreational harvest survey in 2011-12. Draft modules of snapper management plan to be circulated for feedback. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Sea Change meeting - Roundtable handover. 2 - 3 February 2015

A range of agencies and stakeholders are working together to produce a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf by Sept 2015. SeaChange Roundtable-SWG handover meeting. 73 people attended this meeting held in Whitianga over 2 days. Presentations from each of the 7 Roundtables. The SWG to compile the collective reports and write a strategic plan by June 2015. This is a non-statutory process so any outcomes will need to be delivered by the responsible agency ie. fisheries management changes will need to be led by MPI. Two representatives attended this meeting on day one.

sea change meeting

We can fish smarter to avoid waste. 26 January 2015

Since last year's rule changes there has been an increase in the numbers of gut hooked snapper being released. These fish will most likely die. This outcome goes against all notions of conservation and makes us feel bad when we watch these wasted fish floating away or being eaten by birds.

we can fish smarter to avoid waste

Surprises in new recreational harvest survey. 25 January 2015

Over 4.5M snapper, 1.1M kahawai and 680,000 blue cod were caught and kept by recreational fishers during 2011-12. These are the 3 most popular marine species, by number, in New Zealand. Around 5.4% of all finfish was taken from charter vessels.

surprises in new recreational harvest survey

Fishing smarter to avoid waste. 21 January 2015

Since last year's rule changes there has been an increase in the numbers of gut hooked snapper being released. These fish will most likely die. This outcome goes against all notions of conservation and makes us feel bad when we watch these wasted fish floating away or being eaten by birds.

fishing smarter to avoid waste

Recreational fishing is not a waste. 20 January 2015

Summer is a hectic time of year for the LegaSea team as there are so many fund raising events, fishing contests and community gatherings to attend. It is such a buzz to see people enjoying the fishing, the camaraderie with their mates, and spending quality time amongst family. And this is just a snapshot of how fishing provides for our wellbeing.

recreational fishing is not a waste

Recreational fishing not part of the quota system. 10 January 2015

A popular misconception is that all fishing is managed via quota and the QMS. Truth is, quota is used to manage commercial fishing. Recreational fishing is managed outside the QMS, and daily bag and minimum size limits are used to control each individual's catch.

we are not part of the quota system

2014

Gut hooked fish are a dying waste. 28 December 2014

There has been widespread discussion about the number of small snapper being caught in close off the northeast coast and whether the new 30cm minimum size limit is good for the fishery. There is some suggestion the size needs to return to 27cm, or have no minimum and land everything. There are downsides to that approach.

gut hooked fish are a dying waste

Frequently asked questions about fisheries. 28 December 2014

As the spotlight turns on fisheries and marine protection issues people are questioning current management practices and seeking solutions. LegaSea has summarised a few snapper FAQs.

fisheries faqs

5 Principles to rebuild our fisheries. 20 December 2014

After a hard-out year many of us look forward to time in on the water catching a fish, sharing that catch with family and friends, and importantly, enjoying the experience with our kids. To achieve success we need fish in the water.

5 principles to rebuild our fisheries

Two reasons to celebrate LegaSea support. 20 December 2014

LegaSea is celebrating the generosity of people and their vision to support an abundant fishery for future generations. In the latest developments people from the Hibiscus Coast have contributed over $4000 to LegaSea and Building LegaSea Hawkes Bay has been launched to address declining fisheries in the southeastern area.

celebrating legasea support

Recreational fishing not part of quota system. 16 December 2014

A popular misconception is that all fishing is managed via quota and the QMS. Truth is, quota is used to manage commercial fishing. Recreational fishing is managed outside the QMS, and daily bag and minimum size limits are used to control each individual's catch.

we are not part of the quota system

LegaSea respecting our fish and building communities.15 December 2014

Free Fish Heads. FAQs. Strategies to rebuild local fisheries, Wastage in our fisheries, Innovation award for lightweight trawl system. Fishing smart around seabirds. Promotional partnership. Last minute gifts.

legasea newsletter december 2014

Seabird Advisory Group meeting. 11 December 2014

Seabird Advisory Group meeting held in Wellington. Multi-stakeholder group chaired by the Department of Conservation officials. Commercial fishers have been actively involved in reducing seabird interactions during fishing, and reducing mortality rates. Recreational fishers are not well informed on mitigation measures or release techniques. A release kit and procedure has been developed. LegaSea fishing seabird smart info is online here.

fishing seabird smart

Meeting - Regional fisheries forums. 9 December 2014

MPI-led regional recreational fisheries forum meetings held nationally in the 2nd week of December. FMA 1 & 9, north of a line from East Cape across to Tirua Point, held a joint meeting. A range of topics covered, including upcoming CRA 1 review, Sea Change spatial plan, Snapper 1 Strategy Group discussions, electronic monitoring of commercial fishing trawlers, recreational research projects, Draft Annual Review Reports FMA 1 & 9 stocks.. Two representative attended the FMA 1 & 9 meeting.

regional fisheries forum

Ministerial meeting. 4 December 2014

Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries responded to a meeting request by inviting NZSFC representatives to Wellington. Primary Industries, Conservation and Environment Ministries working to develop a joint approach to seabirds, conservation and mammal protection. Details available in early 2015. Four representatives attended this brief meeting.

meeting with minister

Sea Change meeting. 3 - 4 December 2014

A range of agencies and stakeholders are working together to produce a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf by Sept 2015. The 7th meeting of the Fish Stocks group was in Auckland over two days. Members agreed on a vision: Fish stocks in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park are productive, diverse and abundant. Two representatives attended this meeting.

sea change meeting

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 2 December 2014

11th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. A draft timetable to achieve a management plan by mid-2015 is underway. Three representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Principles and standing up for our fishing future. 28 November 2014

LegaSea was established in 2012 by the NZ Sport Fishing Council to raise funds and increase public awareness of the need to secure 'more fish in the water'. Our depleted marine fisheries need rebuilding to abundant levels for today and to ensure that future generations can enjoy meaningful fishing experiences.

principles and standing up for our fishing

Strategies to rebuild marine ecosystems. 27 November 2014

Strategies to rebuild marine ecosystems and local fisheries around the northeast coast, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay were confirmed during a recent meeting held at the Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club.

rebuilding marine ecosystems

Award winning show a hit with youngsters. 24 November 2014

Funny man Mark de Lacy, aka the Minstrel, has earned the outstanding contribution award for his work in teaching vital water safety messages to more than 250,000 youngsters nationwide, via the Hiwi the Kiwi programme. This programme is a joint initiative between Mark and the NZ Sport Fishing Council.

hiwi the kiwi wins award

Brighter prospects for marine ecosystems. 24 November 2014

Strategies to rebuild marine ecosystems and local fisheries around the northeast coast, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay were confirmed during a recent meeting held at the Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club.

brighter prospects for marine ecosystems

A boost to rebuild important fisheries and habitats. 20 November 2014

Healthier ecosystems means more fish in our coastal waters, bigger fish, and brighter prospects for future generations to enjoy a meaningful fishing experience.

a boost to rebuild fisheries

LegaSea expands east and west. 13 November 2014

Building LegaSea Hawkes Bay launch and Auckland event. Discussion on the nature of recreational allowances, the generosity of the Hibiscus Coast Boating Club and unnecessary wastage in our fisheries.

legasea newsletter november 2014

Highly Migratory Species Fish Plan meeting. 13 November 2014

Highly Migratory Species Fisheries Plan meeting. Meeting held in Auckland. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

highly migratory species fish plan meeting

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 11 November 2014

10th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Sea Change meeting. 5 November 2014

A range of agencies and stakeholders are working together to produce a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf by Sept 2015. The 6th meeting of the Fish Stocks group was in Auckland. Industry overview of Coromandel scallop fishery and developing fisheries including surf clams and sea cucumbers. Presentation on the impacts of trawling and dredging on benthic habitats in the Hauraki Gulf. Presentation on habitats of importance to juvenile fish in the Hauraki Gulf. Two representatives attended this meeting.

sea change meeting

Advocacy gets solid support. 30 October 2014

Team LegaSea received positive feedback during the recent AGM of the NZSFC held in Gisborne. Council delegates appreciated the effort being made to increase public awareness of fisheries issues and the need to rebuild abundance in our nearshore waters.

advocacy gets solid support

Surprising outcome from Tip the Scales Campaign. 28 October 2014

This year we set out to promote the need for good quality fisheries policy from all political parties. By election day more than 17,000 people had registered support for LegaSea's Tip the Scales campaign.

tip the scales update

Surprising outcome from Tip the Scales Campaign. 27 October 2014

This year we set out to promote the need for good quality fisheries policy from all political parties. By election day more than 17,000 people had registered support for LegaSea's Tip the Scales campaign.

tip the scales update

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 22 October 2014

9th meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. NZSFC asked again for the 1994 trawl mortality report. MPI indicated this report may be available in the near future. Data collected from cameras on trawlers operating in SNA1 is being evaluated. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Sea Change meeting. 13 October 2014

A range of agencies and stakeholders are working together to produce a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf by Sept 2015. The 5th meeting of the Fish Stocks group was in Thames. Overview of shellfish monitoring and fish management was interesting, highlighting the impacts of poor land management practices, including run-off. Two representatives attended this meeting.

sea change meeting

Differing perspectives on allowances. 23 October 2014

One of the major talking points during the snapper campaign in 2013 was the assertion that recreational catch has increased exponentially and that effort needed to be reined in through bag limit reductions. Fact is, management of Snapper 1 had not been reviewed for 16 years and the recreational allowance made in 1997 did not reflect any sliver of reality, either then or now.

snapper update

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 9 October 2014

Eigth meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. More discussions about the draft plan and allocation issues. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Campaign highlights and news bites. 7 October 2014

LegaSea is pleased with the outcome of the reccent Tip the Scales campaign where over 17,000 people supported the 5 principles aimed at sustainable abundance, balance and fairness in fisheries management.

legasea newsletter october 2014

Thousands support Tip the Scales. 30 September 2014

Like thousands of others you are probably glad the election is over, that spring is here and fishing has improved. LegaSea is pleased around 15,000 people signed up in support of our recent Tip the Scales campaign. This was directed at getting political parties to commit to rebuilding our fish stocks so future generations can enjoy a meaningful fishing experience.

snapper update

Hot topics thrashed at Accord hui. 28 September 2014

Leading up to the election LegaSea reiterated the need for our decision makers to implement policy that supports abundant fisheries and fairer management decisions.

snapper update

NZSFC Annual General Meeting. 26 - 27 September 2014

Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club hosted 89 attendees at the NZSFC AGM. The fulsome acknowledgement from the Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club and Zone 5 for the support in developing the CRA 3 policy was much appreciated. The positive feedback on this year’s Fisheries Management Annual Report was also well received.

nzsfc annual general meeting

More fishing opportunities with abundance. 25 September 2014

News medley. Tip the Scales campaign and LegaSea's 5 Principles. 1 - lets rebuild the fishery; 2 - stop senseless waste; 3 - our fisheries are publicly owned; 4 - equal size limits for all; 5 - value recreational fishing.

snapper update

Sea Change meeting. 24 September 2014

A range of agencies and stakeholders are working together to produce a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf by Sept 2015. The 4th meeting of the Fish Stocks group was in Leigh, Mahurangi. Site visit to Leigh Fisheries. Meeting at Goat Island Marine discovery centre. Interesting presentations about ecosystem management from two NIWA researchers. Two representatives attended this meeting.

sea change meeting

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 3 September 2014

Sixth meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Meeting held in Auckland. More discussions about the draft plan and how the snapper stock is apportioned between sectors. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Sea Change meeting. 2 September 2014

A range of agencies and stakeholders are working together to produce a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf by Sept 2015. The 3rd meeting of the Fish Stocks group was in Auckland. Interesting presentations about ecosystem management from two NIWA researchers. Two representatives attended this meeting.

sea change meeting

Let's Tip the Scales 28 August 2014

Last year's snapper debate proved that fisheries management is indeed political, and that the outcome of decisions can be heavily influenced by how many of us stand up for ourselves. This year we have a prime opportunity to advocate for improved fisheries management. That chance is available at the ballot box on September 20th. Make your vote count.

snapper update

Make your vote count. 28 August 2014

Last year's snapper debate proved that fisheries management is political, and that the outcome of decisions can be heavily influenced by how many of us stand up for ourselves. This year we have a prime opportunity to advocate for improved fisheries management. That chance is available at the ballot box on September 20th. Make your vote count.

snapper update

Tip the Scales campaign underway. 25 August 2014

Medley of articles. 1. Your opportunity to Tip the Scales. 2. Real snapper wastage being hidden. 3.Reducing waste is a priority. 4. Big work up in Northland.

snapper update

Tip the Scales campaign. 13 August to 20 September 2014

Tip the Scales campaign launched on 13 August. Email sent to database. Media statement released. Campaign will finish on election day, 20 September.

tip the scales campaign

Hokianga Accord hui. 7 August 2014

NZ Sport Fishing Council and LegaSea personnel participate in the Hokianga Accord hui discussions held at the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club in Paihia. Future meetings between the various local groups seeking marine protection in the Bay of Islands are anticipated and encouraged.

snapper update

Snapper update. 28 July 2014

Since the beginning of the year there have been five meetings of the multi-stakeholder Snapper 1 Strategy Group . Our recreational representatives are ready to discuss the important issues of management targets to increase overall biomass in Area 1, but it is slow going.

snapper update

LegaSea round-up. 25 July 2014

LegaSea roundup. Southern blue moki. Let's get political. Hokianga Accord. Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting and reporting on the development of Building LegaSea.

legasea round up

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 16 July 2014

Fifth meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Group keen to get draft plan underway. Drafted some management targets, and will develop and some draft objectives to meet those targets. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper strategy group meeting

Crayfish 3 meeting. 15 July 2014

CRA 3 extends from East Cape down the east coast past Gisborne. west to Waipu on the east coast. The Ministry for Primary Industries called stakeholders to meeting in Gisborne to discuss future management to discuss future management of the fishery, what if any Management Procedure was going to be used in CRA 3 and identify what people want from CRA 3. Five representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

crayfish management meeting

Crayfish 1 meeting. 14 July 2014

CRA 1 extends from the north Kaipara Head out west to Waipu on the east coast. The Ministry for Primary Industries called stakeholders to meeting in Kerikeri to discuss future management of the fishery and who wants what from the fishery. One representative attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

crayfish management meeting

Pivotal campaign launch in August. 8 July 2014

LegaSea is tooling up for another campaign so welcome aboard to all the people who signed up to receive LegaSea e-news at this year’s Hutchwilco Boat Show. We had a great time over four days meeting you and talking fishing, what’s happening in our marine environment and how we can all contribute to making a stand for abundant fisheries in the future.

legasea newsletter july 2014

Sea Change meeting. 4 July 2014

A range of agencies and stakeholders are working together to produce a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf by Sept 2015. First meeting of the Biodiversity-Biosecurity group was in Auckland. Mainly focused on defining the scope and ideal future for the Gulf. Covers shipping, boating, fishing, aquaculture, dredging, ecosystems, threats to biodiversity. One representative attended this meeting.

sea change meeting

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 2 July 2014

NZ Sport Fishing Council representatives meeting with Ministry for Primary Industries officials to discuss our input into preferred options for increasing stock biomass and setting higher management targets for many species that live in Area 1, not just snapper. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

Working together for marine ecosystems. 28 June 2014

It was good to see so many of you at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show in Auckland. Sharing information on improving the marine environment and getting your feedback during the 4-day show made the team's effort worthwhile.

working together for marine ecosystems

Management not just about money. 28 June 2014

Recent Ministerial decisions for crayfish and southern scallops have proven how unbalanced our fisheries management regime has become, in favour of commercial interests. Setting unrealistic commercial catch limits just invites vigorous fishing effort for diminishing fish stocks. It also deprives us, as recreational fishers, the opportunity to enjoy a reasonable catch for a day's effort.

management not just about money

Targeting bigger fish and more of them. 27 June 2014

LegaSea is promoting a rebuild of our inshore fisheries, to a minimum target level of 40% of their virgin biomass, or unfished stock size. That's B40. B40 means more fish get to grow to a decent size.

targeting bigger fish

Sea Change meeting. 26 June 2014

A range of agencies and stakeholders are working together to produce a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf by Sept 2015. Second meeting of the Fish Stocks group was in Auckland. Participants had 10 minutes to present their perspectives, management targets for snapper 1 was discussed. Ideal Gulf fish stock state is: productive, diverse and abundant.

sea change meeting

News medley. Snapper, Marlborough Sounds blue cod. 25 June 2014

Snapper 1 discussions. Bay of Plenty snapper depletion. South Island snapper. Introduction to Building LegaSea and more on Marlborough Sounds blue cod.

snapper, blue cod news medley

Blue moki 3 submission summary. 1 July 2014

This is a quickfire summary of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council submission on proposals for the future management of blue moki 3. If you don't need the detail but want to know the highlights, this one-pager from LegaSea is for you.

blue moki summary

Blue moki 3 submission. 25 June 2014

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council submits blue moki are vulnerable to overfishing and the stock status is unknown so it is risky to start issuing quota based on commercial overcatch. There has been no attempt to assess the likely impacts of any catch increases, on both South and North Island stocks. NZSFC submit against any TACC increases. More at-sea research is required. Document summarising submission headlines issued 1 July.

blue moki 3 submission

HMS Skipjack tuna submission. 20 June 2014

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council submits on proposals for skipjack tuna management. The NZSFC submitted its opposition to excessive TACCs for commercial fisheries. An excessive allocation for skipjack would be repeating past mistakes and not be defensible if challenged by other members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

skipjack tuna submission

Meeting - Regional fisheries forums. 18 June 2014

MPI-led regional recreational fisheries forum meetings held nationally in the third week of June. FMA 1 & 9, north of a line from East Cape across to Tirua Point, held a joint meeting. A range of topics covered, including Sea Change spatial plan, Snapper 1 Strategy Group discussions, NPOA Seabirds, MPI Annual Operating Plan fisheries, Research Plan 2013-14. One representative attended the FMA 1 & 9 meeting.

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Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 17 June 2014

Fourth meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Some urgency to get a draft management plan underway. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

Vote 2014 newsletter. 5 June 2014

Vote 2014. Make fisheries matter - It's a numbers game. TV One is running a pre-election poll asking what election issues matter to New Zealanders. LegaSea encourages people to make fisheries an election issue by participating in the poll.

vote 2014 make fisheries matter

Celebrating fish and people. 28 May 2014

Every year the Wish for Fish Charitable Trust holds a fundraising fishing competition to benefit people with a range of mental and physical disabilities. This year LegaSea was privileged to be part of the event held on 1st March.

good to see you at the boat show

Sea Change meeting. 26 May 2014

A range of agencies and stakeholders are working together to produce a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf by Sept 2015. First meeting of the Fish Stocks group was in Thames. While it is useful to have stakeholders talking together, the inability to discuss allocation and the fallout from over-allocation of TACCs limits the potential to address some major issues such as juvenile mortality and increasing yield.

sea change meeting

Good to see you at the Boat Show. 25 May 2014

It was good to see so many supporters at the Boat Show. It is distubing the number of reports of people fishing and throwing back dead or dying fish below 30cm. While the Ministry has done little to help with better understanding, it is important for recreational fishers to learn new ways of fishing and perhaps new fishing grounds to avoid these juvenile fish.

good to see you at the boat show

Abundance means fish for all. 25 May 2014

In the 8 months since Nathan Guy's decision there have been no material improvements to reducing the mortality rate in the northeastern fishery. If anything, things are worse. We still have masses of fish being killed by trawlers inshore, and increased mortality caused by recreational fishers returning fish they would have otherwise taken home for a feed.

abundance means fish for all

Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show. 15 - 18 May 2014

LegaSea spent four days at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show. Sited in the fishing hall we had reasonable exposure to people flowing through the hall. Our partners from Revive Our Gulf shared the stand with us over three days, offering information to the public and enabling our team to catch up on the latest developments.

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 13 May 2014

Third meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Received an overview of recent Ministry work to monitor commercial fishing and trawling in SNA1. Discussion on structure and outcome of the proposed snapper management plan. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

Be in to win $30,000. 7 May 2014

LegaSea invites you to the Z Pier Auckland Fishing Classic at Westhaven on Sunday 11th May. LegaSea also looks forward to seeing you at the upcoming Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show at Auckland Showgrounds from 15 to 18th May.

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Crayfish plunder continues. 28 April 2014

For young and old crayfish are a taonga, a treasure, so recent Ministerial decisions to keep some stocks at all-time lows to meet export orders is abysmal. Nathan Guy announced his decisions for the future management of crayfish on March 20th and these have been effective since the beginning of April.

shameful crayfish management

Shameful crayfish management. 28 April 2014

Time has once again been used as a weapon against us, this time to limit our response to outrageous proposals that will keep Bay of Plenty crayfish stocks at all-time low levels. By now the new regime will be in place and our northeastern cray fishery could be another casualty in the race to the bottom. LegaSea says this shameful management must stop.

shameful crayfish management

Craypots - creeping death on our coastline. 25 April 2014

For young and old crayfish are a taonga, a treasure, so recent Ministerial decisions to keep some stocks at all-time lows to meet export orders is abysmal.

craypots creeping death on our coastline

Marlborough Sounds scallops in jeopardy. 25 April 2014

Since 2002 the total allowable commercial catch (TACC) for upper South Island scallops has been 747 tonnes. Recent commercial landings have been less than 50 tonnes per annum. The NZ Sport Fishing Council submitted for a conservative decision, a zero TACC and no commercial dredging in the Marlborough Sounds.

marlborough sounds scallops in jeopardy

New snapper rules cause concern. 1 April 2014

TV one interview - Richard Baker discusses LegaSea's concerns about the detrimental effects of the new snapper rules. Concerns include increased mortality of young fish and less fish available to the fishing public in Area 1.

new snapper rules cause concern

Unfair snapper rules take effect 28 March 2014

LegaSea media release. Recreational fishing advocacy group LegaSea is calling on amateur fishers to comply with th enew snapper bag and size limits that will come into effect on April Fool's day, even though many believe they are unfair.

legasea snapper media release

Snapper talks shaping up. 28 March 2014

Snapper lovers will be pleased to know the planned strategy group discussions are underway, with all sectors getting a say in how they want to have the northern fishery managed in the future. LegaSea fully supports recreational fishers conserving fish. But the inequality in decision making is blatantly obvious.

snapper talks shaping up

Scallops and crayfish hot topics. 25 March 2014

Scallops and crayfish have been hot topics lately, mainly because of the latest proposals to increase quotas, while poor management and excessive commercial fishing has robbed us of access to decent size and numbers of fish. People from all over NZ have said enough!

scallops and crayfish hot topics

Mismanagement of crayfish must stop. 25 March 2014

Nathan Guy must intervene and get crayfish management back on track if we want our fisheries restored to healthy levels.

mismanagement of crayfish must stop

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 19 March 2014

Second meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Received Ministry presentations on fisheries management framework and compliance, and SNA1 stock status review. Still no goal or agreed objectives. Three representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

Key support for crayfish and scallop abundance. 18 March 2014

More than 30,000 recreational fishers and environmentalists have joined the campaign asking Nathan Guy to make a favourable decision to enhance depleted crayfish and scallop numbers.

legasea media crayfish and scallops

Storm brewing around crayfish and scallops. 13 March 2014

Recreational fishers believe something smells off in recent proposals to manage selected regional fisheries, including crayfish and scallops.

legasea media crayfish scallops

Be quick, loud and plentiful. 28 February 2014

At the end of January we farewelled Mandy Kupenga, our National Programme Leader for the past 12 months. Right now your interests of enjoying a special meal of crayfish with family and friends is under threat and you need to act. Quickly.

be quick loud and plentiful

Crayfish and snapper update. 28 February 2014

In last months column we talked about changes to crayfish coming our way. In early December the Ministry for Primary Industries advised us of potential management changes in CRA 2, north of Auckland, the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty. Also CRA 9, on the west coast of the North Island. Consultation documents were due out before Xmas. Since early December the Ministry has been silent.

crayfish and snapper update

Southern scallops submission. 28 February 2014

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council submits against the Ministry's proposed management options. NZSFC submit the TAC is reduced from 827 to 64t and the TACC reduced from 747t to 0t. A rebuilding plan is required. Any scallops within the Marlborough Sounds above the non-commercial yeild are required to stay in the water to support the marine ecosystem and contribute to the rebuild. Retain current closures in the Marlborough Sounds.

southern scallops submission

How low can we go? 25 February 2014

The Ministry has only given us 18 days to respond to important management proposals for southern scallops and selected crayfish stocks. For such important fisheries this is a disgrace and the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council strongly objects to such a short submission timeframe.

crayfish how low can we go?

Crayfish submission. 21 February 2014

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council submits against TACC increases in CRA 3 & 7 while concession remains. NZSFC supports a reduction in the CRA 4 commercial catch limit (TACC). Also support cautious TACC in CRA 9. Object to ongoing depetion in CRA 2 & Management Procedure that will hold fishery at less than 0.5kg per potlift for next 5 years.

seabed mining submission

Snapper 1 Strategy Group meeting. 11 February 2014

First meeting of the Snapper 1 Strategy Group. Introductions. Discussed Terms of Reference. Need to ensure there is some synergy with Sea Change process that is developing the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan. Two representatives attended this meeting. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

snapper 1 strategy group meeting

LegaSea newsletter - Snapper still a hot topic 10 February 2014

After much debate the multi-sector management meetings for snapper 1 are underway. Any outcome will affect more than half a million people who live and fish betwen North Cape and the eastern BOP. LegaSea is working to ensure we get real reductions in commercial waste and dumping, and no inshore trawling in sensitive, juvenile habitat.

snapper still a hot topic

Seabed mining supplementary submission 28 January 2014

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council submit a supplementary submission in opposition to the Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd application for marine consent to mine ironsand off the South Taranaki coast. Original submission was made on 19 December 2013.

seabed mining submission

Time for a change. 28 January 2014

The experience of fishing reflects so many positive aspects of humanity. When gathering seafood we enjoy our fantastic natural resources while sharing time with loved ones or just chilling out. Gathering bounty from the ocean to share the gift of healthy fresh food with family and friends just feels good, that’s why we do it.

crayfish anyone smell a rat?

Crayfish - anyone smell a rat? 28 January 2014

In December the Ministry released proposals for management of crayfish in area 2 that runs from Waipu in the north to Waihi, Bay of Plenty. It’s an important fishery yet is the worst performing of the crayfish fisheries. I’m sure many of you have experienced first hand the effects of struggling stocks.

crayfish anyone smell a rat?

Revive our Gulf support letter 2 January 2014

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council support the Revive Our Gulf grant application to the Community Enhancement Fund. Revive Our Gulf seeks to enhance the marine environment. Their current focus is a mussel bed restoration project in selected areas of the inner Gulf.

revive our gulf support

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