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Articles, Polls / 31 March 2017

Survey of recreational rock lobster fishers in CRA2

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council March 2017   Between January and March 2017 a survey was conducted to measure people’s perceptions of the state of the rock lobster (crayfish) fishery on the northeast coast of the North Island, known in management terms as CRA 2. Over 800 responses were received, with many respondents having dived…

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Articles / 31 March 2017

Chester’s Fanatical Fishos do it again

A big shout out to Chester’s Plumbing and Bathroom Supplies, New Lynn, for their ongoing support of LegaSea. Chester’s donated $5000 to LegaSea during their annual Fanatical Fishos competition at the end of February. Chester’s has donated several thousand dollars annually for the past 21 years and this makes them one of the longest serving…

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Articles / 20 March 2017

Crayfish survey defies Ministry spin

A landmark survey of people who pot and dive for crayfish on the northeast coast between Pakiri and East Cape defies Ministry for Primary Industries’ assurances that the fishery is doing well. More than three quarters (78.6%) of the 822 survey respondents described the size and availability of crayfish in this popular fishery as 1…

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Articles / 3 March 2017

A chance to remove trawling from the Hauraki Gulf

A new initiative to restore abundance and diversity in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park was presented in early December. The Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari, Marine Spatial Plan is the result of three years of collaboration by a wide range of stakeholders from within the Marine Park. This bold new plan proposes the complete…

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Articles / 3 March 2017

Mismanagement of crayfish continues

LegaSea has responded to the Ministry for Primary Industries’ annual review of rock lobster sustainability measures. The MPI discussion paper proposed the following changes to the Total Allowable Commercial Catch from April 1st this year:  9% decrease to the commercial catch level in CRA3 (East Cape, Gisborne)  23% or 27% reduction to the…

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