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Hutchwilco NZ Boat show

Hi {FIRST_NAME|Supporter},

LegaSea has joined forces with extreme fisherman Matt Watson to be at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show from the 14th to 17th May 2015 at the ASB showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland.

It will be an exciting event and we hope to see you in Hall 5 as we enjoy being part of the ITM Fishing Show Experience and Revive Our Gulf presentations.

Come and talk to us about LegaSea’s commitment to promote decisions and initiatives that will accelerate the rebuild of our inshore fisheries to abundant levels so we, and future generations, can enjoy a meaningful fishing experience.

hutchwilco nz boat show 2015

From day one Matt Watson has been a proud advocate of LegaSea, promoting our policies to people we cannot easily reach and in a manner that enhances conservation and abundance. Kia kaha Matt.

Revive Our Gulf is a Trust established to restore mussel beds in the Hauraki Gulf. The mussels filter the water and regenerate the marine environment, and could be useful in restoring water quality.

Our LegaSea crew will be working with the Revive Our Gulf team to ensure you walk away from this show with a greater appreciation of what can be achieved to restore abundance and ecosystem function in our inshore waters.

If you are keen to be a Boat show volunteer please get in touch and we will kit you out and add you to the roster.


Got a question about fisheries management or LegaSea?

What do you do when fishing around seabirds?

We’ve put answers to some Frequently Asked Questions online here.

If these don’t answer your questions please contact us with your query.

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News bites

Unprecedented agreement in Marlborough fishery

marlborough sounds blue cod

For the first time in 4 years management of Marlborough Sounds Blue cod is being reviewed and LegaSea encourages you to have your say on the future of this most prized fishery. Learn more about the unprecedented agreement and submit by 15th June.

Updated info available in this opinion piece by Hugh Shields. Read it then take action!

Crayfish decisions underwhelming

crayfish decisions otago gisborne northland

More small crayfish are likely to be harvested around Otago due to the latest decision by Nathan Guy, the Minister for Primary Industries. Also, another opportunity to rebuild the Gisborne stock has been missed. New allowances apply in Northland.

Changes to Blue cod fishing in Doubtful Sound

doubtful sound blue cod closure

The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking submissions on a proposal to reopen Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, to recreational Blue cod fishing. MPI is also reviewing bag limits in Doubtful Sound, Thompson and Bradshaw Sounds. Submission deadline is 18 May 2015.

Event invitation - One Ocean report launch

one ocean report launch

Sam Judd, co-founder of Sustainable Coastlines, is one of 4 speakers at the launch of the One Ocean report on 12th May. You are invited to attend the launch and learn more about what can be done to conserve our seas. Check out the poster for RSVP details and we'll see you there.

Want to feature in a documentary?

My name is Holly Campbell. I'm a photography student in my last year at Unitec. For my assignment I am doing a documentary on the fishing industry in NZ.

To document the recreational fishing industry I would love to be able to follow and photograph a fishing trip, whether it be land based or on the water.

On this fishing trip I would photograph: The equipment, the struggle, the catch, filleting and portraits of the fishers.

I'm happy to drive about an hour out of the Auckland region. Please contact me if you would be keen for me to take photographs of you on your fishing trip!

Call me anytime on 021 254 8075 or email me at hollymollycampbell@hotmail.com.

Thanks and happy fishing!

Event - Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat show

hutchwilco new zealand boat show

Come and talk with the LegaSea team at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show from the 14th to 17th May 2015. The LegaSea stand is in Hall 5, alongside the Matt Watson Experience. See you at the Auckland Showgrounds!

Go Fuel Westhaven Fishing Classic

gofuel westhaven fishing classic

A few of you had trouble with the link to this engaging video in our last newsletter. Here is the updated link. This clip captures the emotions and excitement of the recent Go Fuel Westhaven Fishing Classic.

Seabirds - nature's fish finders


Seabirds are nature’s fish finders and an anglers best friend. They can get tangled in fishing line and nets or caught on hooks.  

Small changes in the way we all fish can make a big difference to seabird survival – you might catch more fish too! 

seabirds natures fish finders

Tag and release a friend


Key elements to securing abundant fisheries are numbers and education. People need to understand what is happening to our fisheries. Please ask at least two people to join our e-news list so they receive important info direct to their inbox.

Click here to send them an email or fire them off a text "Hey guys, please join the LegaSea e-news at www.legasea.co.nz just hit 'get updates' to join".

Did you know?


In the past three months our advocates at the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council have promoted our recreational and environmental interests at a variety of forums and attended more than 8 technical meetings?

did you know?
Keep up with the advocacy index here.
Learn more about our research efforts here.

Thanks for your ongoing support and feedback.


Trish, Scott, Si, Matt, Pieter, Steve and the team at LegaSea.

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