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Articles / 4 February 2018

Crayfish Crisis: TAKE ACTION

Crayfish may not be everyone’s target species and they’re not particularly attractive compared to a snapper, yet we all benefit from having them in the water doing what they do best. Crayfish are great scavengers, cleaning up reefs and feeding on sea urchins (kina), if they are big enough. Currently, the crayfish stock on the…

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Articles / 24 January 2018

Restoring crayfish abundance must be a priority

“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know”. This quote from John Heywood (1546) nicely sums up where we are at with crayfish management particularly on the northeast coast of the North Island. The CRA 2 fishery from…

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Articles / 5 January 2018

A grab for money and power in fisheries

Fisheries is one of the few management areas where the Minister has sole responsibility to apply discretion when making sustainable catch and allocation decisions. This discretionary power is currently under threat by those wanting to privatise our fisheries and LegaSea is pushing back. Our fisheries are a publicly owned national treasure that must be properly…

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Articles / 5 January 2018

Ministerial discretion must be retained

When LegaSea was first invited to have input into The Future Catch project by Dr Randall Bess we were excited because the project was described as a well funded study to improve recreational fishing. It didn’t take long to realise that this was yet another attempt to upgrade commercial rights to our fisheries and remove…

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Articles / 31 December 2017

Chasing our dreams brings rewards

As we close in on another year of fishing LegaSea is celebrating that in 2017 we have collectively spent about one billion dollars chasing our dreams. This recreational activity generated over one and a half billion dollars of economic activity in New Zealand. This is big bucks when you consider we take less than 3%…

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