We are working together to rebuild our inshore fisheries.

Who are we?

LegaSea is the public outreach and fundraising arm of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council.

LegaSea was established in 2012 to help the public understand the issues affecting our marine fisheries and environment and why we need to restore abundance. LegaSea raises funds to help resource the work the Council undertakes to ensure there are enough fish in the water for future generations.

Our 100% commitment

100% of public donations go towards building more abundant fisheries.

All LegaSea’s operating costs are met by commercial partners, sponsors and in-kind private donors. This means we can dedicate all public donations to our core work of advocacy, research and education.

These investments fuel our mission: to build abundant fisheries for both current and future generations of Kiwis.

Our Principles

Latest Updates

Articles, Inquiry, Media Releases / 14 April 2017

LegaSea renews calls for a full inquiry into MPI activity

When the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) failed to prosecute industrial fishing boat captains for dumping catch it blamed legal advice for the decision. Now we are told that legal advice never existed. Instead, MPI used misleading information and misdirected both the Minister and the public as to why blatant dumping of fish recorded on…

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Articles / 12 April 2017

WTFisheries?

What’s going on in our fisheries? In the past week there has been claims and counter-claims about the cosy relationships between fisheries officials and corporate commercial interests. For years these dealings have been shaded from public view. Thanks to your support LegaSea and others have put the spotlight on these arrangements and we are now…

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Articles / 6 April 2017

Proposed crayfish catch increases unacceptable

LegaSea has responded to the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) annual review of rock lobster sustainability measures. MPI’s January discussion paper proposed the following changes to the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) – 9% decrease to the commercial catch level in CRA3 (East Cape, Gisborne) 23% or 27% reduction to the commercial catch level within…

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Articles / 5 April 2017

Feasibility of reporting recreational catch

At LegaSea we are regularly asked, “What is the story with everyone reporting their recreational catch?” and “do you support individual reporting?” Short answer, no. We prefer an independent assessment of all catch to avoid any bias that may arise from self-reporting. We currently have internationally acclaimed, robust and reliable recreational estimation method designed by…

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Articles / 4 April 2017

Kaikoura fishing closure

After the Kaikoura earthquake in November, the Minister for Primary Industries enacted his emergency powers under the Fisheries Act 1996 to close off fishing in the Kaikoura area. This was in light of shocking photos that emerged of large areas of seabed being forced from the water, with all the sea life still attached. There…

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