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Latest LegaSea snapper news

There is a broad range of information about snapper, some of this information is readily available.

Effort has been made to source important documents not currently in the public domain. In some instances our effort has been met with stonewalling tactics by officials.

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council fisheries management and legal teams continue to strive for the release of significant documents and data.

LegaSea will keep you informed of any developments so you can stay updated on what is happening in your fishery.

Feel free to follow the links or download the documents to read and share with family and friends.

LegaSea is the public face of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council. The Council has an experienced fisheries management, science, policy and legal team. On behalf of the Council LegaSea provides public-friendly information about a variety of processes that are important to the sustainable management of fisheries for future generations.

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Snapper - our favourite fish

Management of snapper stocks can seem complex, this info is posted to help you understand what is currently happening in management realms and what you can do to help achieve more abundant snapper stocks for the future.

snapper our favourite fish

Free Fish Heads

Free Fish Heads is an innovation aimed at getting Kiwis to maximise what they catch and conserve our fish stocks. Instead of whipping off the fillets and dumping the rest, people can now share the heads and frames with others who welcome the succulent bits of meat tucked in amongst the bones. LegaSea and Matt Watson are supporting this initiative as it maximises use of the fish we take, reduces the chance of offensive leftovers being washed up on local beaches, and enables generosity between people who would not normally share kaimoana.

free fish heads

Fishing around seabirds

Seabirds are good indicators of what’s below the surface – this makes them an angler’s best friend. Seabirds can be seriously wounded if they get tangled in fishing lines, nets or caught on hooks. Small changes to our fishing can make a big difference to seabird survival. Learn new ways to avoid seabirds and take care when fishing. December 2014

fishing smart around seabirds

Summary of recreational harvest

In 2011-12 recreational fishers harvested 4.5m snapper, 1.1m kahawai and 682,500 blue cod. This one-pager summarises the most comprehensive survey of recreational harvest undertaken to date in New Zealand. The official report is 145 pages. November 2014

recreational harvest survey summary

National recreational harvest survey

Over 7000 marine fishers contributed their catch reports to this national survey of recreational catch. The survey ran from October 2011 to September 2012. Snapper accounted for nearly 27% of all finfish harvested, by number. KIna, scallops and mussels were also very popular. November 2014

recreational catch survey

Differing perspectives on allowances

One of the major talking points during the 2013 snapper campaign was the assertion that recreational catch had increased exponentially and total catch had exceeded the allowance. Recreational fishing is not part of the quota system so our overall allowances are more flexible than the allocations made for commercial fishing. November 2014

perspectives on allowances

Real snapper wastage being hidden

Addressing wastage was a big issue during the 2013 SOS – Save Our Snapper campaign. LegaSea is concerned that the Ministry for Primary Industries is stonewalling requests for data from trials that measure how much fish is being killed in the process of commercial fishing. Sept 2014

trawl wastage

Snapper debate just the beginning

After much debate the multi-sector management meetings for Snapper 1 are underway. Our advocates will be seeking to achieve more than just a plan for Snapper 1. We want to rebuild Area 1 fisheries and the ecosystem in which fish live. Then, we hope to have a blueprint that can be applied to any area in the country. That’s got to be good for all of us!March 2014

snapper debate just beginning

How many fish do recreational fishers kill?

Prior to the 2013 management changes, recreational fishers were estimated to kill between 3.6 to 7.5% of their snapper catch, by weight not numbers. This is a report describing the size and condition of snapper caught by recreational fishers. Sept 2013

Snapper - the history

A comprehensive review of past management of our snapper stocks, and whether the proposed management changes to recreational fishing controls in Snapper 1 were fair and reasonable. Good work by Sam Mossman. Sept 2013

history of snapper mossman

2014 Meetings

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 16 June 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 29-30 May 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the two-day Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 16 April 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Snapper 1 Working Group meeting 15 April 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Snapper 1 Working Group meeting in Wellington. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 10 April 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 17 March 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Snapper 1 Working Group meeting 12 March 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Wellington. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 5 February 2014

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

2013 Meetings

Inshore Working Group meeting 12 December 2013

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Results presented from four research projects. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 17 September 2013

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Wellington. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 10 September 2013

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Wellington. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 24 January 2013

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting. All meetings between January and May 2013 will be focused on finalising the stock assessment for Snapper 1. This is the largest inshore fishery of importance to recreational interests and spans the area between North Cape and Cape Runaway, East Coast. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

2012 Meetings

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 5 December 2012

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Discussion focused on results from the large-scale national multi-species recreational harvest survey. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 15 November 2012

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Wellington. Further discussion about the interim results of the recently completed recreational harvest surveys. Final results of all projects will be available in May 2013. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Inshore Working Group meeting 18 October 2012

A New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. There was ongoing discussion about the interim results of the recently completed recreational harvest surveys. Final results of all projects will be available in May 2013. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 10 October 2012

Two New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representatives attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Discussed results from 3 overlapping surveys of Area 1 recreational harvest for a 7-month period. Final results of all projects expected to be available in May 2013. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

northland rocks

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 3 October 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Discussed interim results of FMA1 recreational harvest overflight and boat ramp surveys. More work to do to finalise all reports by May 2013. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 15 August 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

A recreational view of the Hauraki Gulf August 2012

Around 200 people attended the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar and heard presentations from both John Holdsworth & Scott Macindoe on recreational fishing in the Gulf and how the fish stocks can be restored to abundance. Read more.....

hauraki gulf

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 9 August 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry and Ministry staff present. Minister's decisions for managing Bluenose stocks released, all follow MPI advice and are contrary to NZSFC advice. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 25 July 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 23 May 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Meeting received a progress report on the large scale multi-species recreational harvest survey. Preliminary results suggest survey is going well. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Plenary meetings 1-2 May 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended two days of Plenary meetings in Wellington. Most input went into the Tarakihi Plenary report and in updating the Snapper 1 stock assesment model in the Snapper Plenary report. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 30 April 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry and Ministry staff present. Further discussion on the initial results of the Snapper 1 stock assessment model. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

northland rocks

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 17 April 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry and Ministry staff present. Presentation of the Snapper 1 stock assessment model and initial results discussed. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 11 April 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Further discussion on the preliminary Snapper 1 stock assessment. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

legasea stepping on the gas

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 29 March 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 21 March 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Discussion focused on the Snapper 1 stock assessment. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

Marine Amateur Fisheries WG meeting 9 March 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Marine Amateur Fisheries Working Group meeting in Auckland. Progress reports provided on the large scale multi-species recreational harvest and boat ramps surveys underway. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

legasea stepping on the gas

Northern Inshore Fisheries WG meeting 6 March 2012

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council representative attended the Northern Inshore Working Group meeting in Auckland. Industry & Ministry staff present. Meeting unable to be reported publicly.

LegaSea launched in Auckland February 2012

LegaSea was officially launched in Auckland on 9th February. LegaSea provides a means for us, the public, to stand up for our future fishing interests. We can do this by contributing to LegaSea & funding ADVOCACY, RESEARCH, EDUCATION & working TOGETHER initiatives. Read more.......

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