I Fish. I Care. I Vote Campaign

Goal: To have political parties commit to policies that will restore New Zealand’s inshore fisheries to abundant levels.

Objective: Political parties adopt and implement the five policy planks outlined in the LegaSea Fisheries Manifesto


LegaSea's marine inshore fisheries Manifesto

New Zealand’s fisheries are owned by the public of New Zealand and managed by the Crown on our behalf. The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council, LegaSea, and its supporters are opposed to attempts to privatise this public asset and believe we must take a stand to protect the public’s access to their own fisheries

Manifesto for New Zealand’s marine 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, Media Releases / 11 September 2017

Political parties united in call for inquiry into fisheries debacle

Labour and the Green Party have both come out in support of an inquiry into the management of New Zealand’s fisheries, leaving National as the only party which has declared itself unwilling to look into the issue in the lead up to the election. ACT, TOP and Mana have not responded to requests for a…

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Policies / 8 September 2017

Fisheries policy: The Labour Party

LegaSea asked the Labour Party to provide comment on their party’s fisheries policy. The Labour Party provided this statement.   Abundant, sustainable fisheries in a healthy marine environment  Labour’s primary focus will be on ensuring that our fisheries are sustainable and abundant and that ocean habitats are protected from the impacts of terrestrial and marine…

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Policies / 8 September 2017

Fisheries policy: The Green Party

LegaSea asked the Green Party to provide comment on their party’s fisheries policy. The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand provided this statement.    Abundant fisheries and sustainable seas Eugenie Sage, Green Party fisheries spokesperson The Green Party stands for protecting our oceans and ensuring healthy ecosystems and abundant fisheries. Sadly, under the National government,…

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Articles / 6 September 2017

Marine park concept fading to grey

Weeks before the last election the National Party announced the creation of two marine parks, one in the upper South Island and another in the inner Hauraki Gulf. The announcement was enough to sway swinging voters to vote National on the promise of improved recreational fishing in these areas. As another election looms the parks…

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Articles, Inquiry, Media Releases, Policies / 4 September 2017

Calls for Commission of Inquiry into fisheries mismanagement grow

Four political parties have joined LegaSea and the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council’s call for an inquiry into the state of New Zealand’s fisheries management practices. New Zealand First, the Māori Party, United Future and the New Zealand Outdoors Party have all agreed New Zealand’s fisheries management needs an overhaul and cannot continue the way…

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