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Articles / 28 February 2018

What next for crayfish?

LegaSea awaits the Minister’s decision for the future management of four crayfish stocks by the end of March. The new catch levels for two North Island and two South Island stocks will apply from April 1st. In February our submission to the Ministry supported a major catch reduction in CRA2, the status quo in two…

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Articles, Media Releases / 16 February 2018

Cameras on boats – a vital step forward

Recreational fishing group LegaSea is calling on Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash to stand firm against industry pressure to dump the introduction of cameras and electronic monitoring on commercial fishing boats. LegaSea is challenging industry claims that it is engaging in best practice fishing endeavours, and that cameras and other forms of monitoring are not…

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Articles, Media Releases / 5 February 2018

Fisheries review needs to be prioritised

Crayfish stocks are in crisis and recreational fishers are calling for an independent review of the fisheries management system. Currently, crayfish in the CRA2 region (which extends from Pakiri through the Hauraki Gulf to the East Cape) are at an all-time low. The latest official assessment shows that the crayfish population has been in decline…

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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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