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In 1990 the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation was established to fund research on aquatic plants and animals, and on improving the understanding of the interactions between people and marine ecosystems. 

At this stage, and depending on any attached criteria, LegaSea funds marked for RESEARCH projects are most likely to be directed to the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation.

Nearly all research activity that is carried out by government agencies is funded by commercial fishing levies or government grants.  As a result these projects tend to be focussed on topics that justify the maximum level of commercial harvest of fish stocks. 

There is little effort on seeking the best possible abundance of fish stocks, or on practices that improve or enhance the health of the marine environment. 

This does not fit well with the interest of the New Zealand people, nor does it assist us to further the achievement of the Vision of 'more fish in the water for future generations'. 


Foundation is our fortune

It is to our collective benefit that the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation exists. The Foundation's trustees are reliable, provide great stewardship and the robust processes required to receive our funds. 

The Scientific Committee is comprised of internationally recognised fisheries scientists with considerable reputation; including Dr Peter Davie (Massey University), Dr Julian Pepperell (Australia) and Scientist Laurel Tierney.


Recent Projects

  • Trends in striped marlin catch rates in northern New Zealand in 1999
  • Review of set net fishing in 2000
  • Economic Contribution of the New Zealand Billfish Fishery 2000-01
  • Characterisation of the amateur fishery for Kahawai (Arripis trutta) in New Zealand, 2004
  • Striped marlin satellite tagging. Three projects over four years
  • Support for the Pacific bluefin tuna satellite tagging project in 2007
  • Value of marine recreational fishing in New Zealand. A feasibility study, 2011
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