LegaSea is a recreational fishing advocacy group, committed to ensuring there is enough fish in the water for future generations.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council (NZSFC), LegaSea was established in 2012 to ensure the wider recreational fishing community has access to important information about the social, cultural, economic and environmental issues impacting our fisheries.
Our work is focused on rebuilding abundant inshore fisheries through advocacy, education and research, including:
- Ensuring information on our fisheries is accessible to the public
- Representing recreational fishing interests to the wider sector
- Informing and educating New Zealanders about issues affecting our fisheries and marine environment
- Educating recreational fishers about best practice fishing and how to minimise their impact on our marine environment
- Engaging with local communities through various activities including freefishheads.co.nz and Hiwi the Kiwi
- Funding research on relevant topics
- Producing evidence-based submissions on fisheries management and marine protection policies and proposals through the NZSFC fisheries management team
About the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council has been serving the interests of its 59 member clubs since 1957. These clubs, almost all of which are Incorporated Societies, today have over 33,000 members nationwide. These affiliated members pay an annual affiliation levy of $9 to the Council and donate $1 to the New Zealand Marine Research Foundation, a Charitable Trust committed to delivery of relevant research that helps to ensure abundant fisheries. Many of the clubs go well beyond these contributions as important matters require additional support (e.g. the Kahawai Legal Challenge and the recent economic research on the value of recreational fishing)
The Council has earned a solid reputation for its consistent advocacy for reduced catches, elimination of wasteful and destructive fishing practices and all round smarter behaviour by all fishers as required to rebuild our fisheries. Our team of advocates is backed by experienced science, policy, legal and economic research contractors. We are fully engaged in relevant MPI-led science and fisheries management working groups as well as a wide variety of strategic and spatial planning processes. Usually there is no one else in the room representing public recreational fishing interests (not to mention rebuilding the fisheries). The Council reports on all engagement and maintains complete, accurate and timely records of our inputs online –