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Fighting For Our Fish – LegaSea

Fighting For Our Fish – LegaSea

It’s been a busy few weeks in the efforts to bring back abundance to our marine environment. With the disappointing decision to lower the total commercial catch of the depleted tarakihi by only 10%, the Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash has shown where his priorities lie (and it’s not with the fish!) This comes on top of bizarre conclusions made by MPI in the report of recreational harvest estimates (read more below) and intensified public relations activity from the commercial sector.

LegaSea is confident the truth will win out in the end, and our resolve will not budge. We are here to safeguard the oceans for future generations, and that is what we will do.

You can’t hide from the truth.

LegaSea is intrigued by MPI’s reaction to the most recent report of recreational harvest estimates. Since 2012 total recreational catch of finfish is down by 19% and shellfish and other non-finfish species catch has reduced by 41%.

On the day the harvest estimate report was released MPI ignored those details and instead made out that recreational fishers are catching more today than 30 years ago.

It is misleading for MPI to make out that recreational fishing is somehow out of control when the truth is quite different. Read more

The hefty price of protection

We all want to protect our taonga, our endangered Maui. We have major concerns about the recent joint proposal by Sanford, Moana fisheries and WWF-New Zealand to protect west coast dolphins.

In exchange for added dolphin protection on a 25-mile stretch of coastline Sanford and Moana want the Minister to give them more snapper quota for the whole west coast, from North Cape to Wellington, forever. How can that be right?

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LegaSea Snapper Protection

Beating barotrauma with a descender rig

These longer days means we are out there doing it, fishing into the evening when the fish are biting. When fishing in water deeper than 20 metres some species of fish suffer from barotrauma, where the swim bladder expands as the fish is reeled to the surface. Snapper are particularly vulnerable.

A Kiwi scientist has developed an ingenious way to send affected fish back to the depths in good condition.

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You can’t hide from the truth.

LegaSea is intrigued by MPI’s reaction to the most recent report of recreational harvest estimates. Since 2012 total recreational catch of finfish is down by 19% and shellfish and other non-finfish species catch has reduced by 41%.

On the day the harvest estimate report was released MPI ignored those details and instead made out that recreational fishers are catching more today than 30 years ago.

It is misleading for MPI to make out that recreational fishing is somehow out of control when the truth is quite different. Read more

Fish n chip favourite in danger

A 10% cut to commercial catch limits will not be enough to save tarakihi from its depleted state. LegaSea has been campaigning for a 40% reduction from October 1st. LegaSea is disappointed that Stuart Nash the Minister of Fisheries, and the government, have bowed to commercial interests instead of putting the sustainability of tarakihi first.

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