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LegaSea - Bringing Back the Bite
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You're an absolute champion

Firstly, thank you so much for your support of LegaSea!
Your contribution to LegaSea last year has helped make a difference to our fishing future.

We've been steaming ahead with some great results over the past year. And we need your ongoing support to make sure this effort continues. We now have weekly, monthly or annual options for contributing.

Click here to contribute to LegaSea.

At LegaSea our activities are focused in four areas: Advocacy, Research, working Together & Education. Here’s a bit about what's been happening in each area.

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Thanks to NZ Fishing News, Bay Fisher and NZ Fishing World magazines, who are right in there behind us. Every month they publish LegaSea updates so we can let you know what's happening in the wonderful world of fisheries, issues that may affect you and what we're doing about it.

Over the summer LegaSea attended numerous fishing tournaments and events, reaching out to thousands of Kiwi fishers promoting the legacy we want to leave for our kids and grandkids. Many people have thanked us for standing up for what we all value – more fish in the water and a healthy marine environment.

Share this email with your friends and family - an easy way to help us spread the word further. was launched in partnership with Matt Watson, a staunch LegaSea Ambassador. The message is simple, if you don’t eat the heads and frames of fish you catch, share them with families in your community (don’t throw them away!).

Coverage of Free Fish Heads has been on TV, in magazines, on websites and news sites & Facebook. Our aim is to bring people together, make them happy and reduce unnecesary waste.Feedback from both fishers and families has been fantastic!

Over 1300 people have registered on the website to feast on the sweet, succulent meat tucked in amongst the heads & frames.

LegaSea even offered a fish filleting service at competitions where whole communities were fed with the ‘proceeds’. Check out the fish filleting action on Facebook »

If you haven’t checked it out, visit and give away a few yourself, you’ll feel great afterwards.

Free Fishheads

Advocacy and Research

Our team at the NZ Sport Fishing Council are our fisheries management experts - a mammoth task! On behalf of their 32,000 members and LegaSea supporters they keep their finger on the pulse of proposed changes to policy, quota, management, working groups et al. And they fight to protect our interests in having a healthy fishery.

Check out this long list of the work they've undertaken for snapper, paua, crayfish, scallops & more. They do this work to protect us and oppose poor fisheries decisions.

Snapper will be a hot topic this year. Recreational fishers may be facing bag limit decreases to make way for more commercial quota. Find out more about snapper here and stay informed by clicking "Get Updates".

For a full overview of our fisheries management Advocacy & Research work please read the annual report.

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Working Together

Working with groups such as Greenpeace, we've supported the call for tougher measures to ensure the long term conservation and sustainable use of tuna & billfish stocks.

Last year John West caved under pressure and agreed to stop using destructive fishing methods sourcing their tuna, while Sealords are still dragging the chain.

This FAD fishing video is quite disturbing, but shows how horrific and destructive purse seine fishing with Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) can be.

We'll keep the pressure on and, with your support, boycott all Sealord products & continue to fight against purse seine fishing with FADs altogether. Pams and Fish 4 Eva brands have led the way selling only pole-caught tuna - so buy the sustainable choice!

Check out this NZ Sport Fishing Council Update "Will our yellowfin come back?"


Image: Alex Hoffard -Greenpeace


Image: Joey Brookhart

Marlin off the Menu. While the team have been instrumental saving marlin from foreign tuna longliners in NZ, as part of a worldwide movement to protect marlin, there's still more work to do.

"Marlin off the Menu" is a stand we've made challenging any notion of commercial fishers being allowed to catch and sell marlin in our waters.

Currently marlin can still be imported and sold in our restaurants and shops.

The USA have banned this and we'll keep pushing down the same track!


More Advocacy, more Education campaigns, more Research and working Together with other organisations. More fish in the water.

We'll continue to stay abreast of fisheries management decisions that affect us. LegaSea, through the NZ Sport Fishing Council, will fight for the rights of recreational fishers and keep you posted via our newsletters, Facebook & website, so you can have your say, 'share' or 'like' or 'comment' and help us bring about change.

Thank you to our dedicated sponsors and business supporters: Thompson Walker, Black Magic, Wave Dancer, Pure Fishing, Ocean Angler, Reel Adventures, FishGrid, Charter Connection, Hutchwilco Boat Show, Tackle It, Icey Tek, Soar Printing, Think Creative, Axys (NZ) Ltd, Ian Wills, Robert A Conaghan, Alexto Sport (2000) Ltd, ITM Fishing Show, Capn Hook NoEql Fishing Rigs,, Wilson & Macindoe, Amex Custom Prints, Chesters Plumbing & Bathrooms and our fantastic volunteers.

We have over 70 businesses displaying our LegaSea messages as well. A big thank you to those supporters. Find how you can order a host pack here.

From the LegaSea team, a huge thank you for your ongoing support. Please renew your contribution now.

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Think Creative
Think Creative is proud to be a supporter of LegaSea.