Join the movement to restore our coastal fisheries

LegaSea is a non profit organisation dedicated to restoring the abundance, biodiversity and health of New Zealand’s marine environment. 

Success will be achieved with widespread public support and understanding for policy and fisheries management reform, and by minimising the environmental impacts of fishing.

Together we can succeed. Join the team, every person counts. Please sign up here

Save our scallops

Have your say on scallops

 

LegaSea, the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council and the local community are supporting an application by Ngāti Hei to temporarily close the eastern Coromandel coast to all scallop harvesting for the next two years. Submissions close 5pm, 17 May 2021

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Have your say on a proposed 2 year closure of Whangaroa Harbour scallops here. Submission close 5pm, 10 May 2021.

 

Rescue Fish

A pathway to abundance

Rescue Fish encapsulates everything that LegaSea stands for. A holistic solution to remedy depleted fish stocks and address environmental damage.

Together we can deliver restored abundance and diversity; greater food security; jobs and economic well-being.

Get behind the cause. Go to the Rescue Fish website and sign our petition.

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Appetite to ban trawling and dredging

April 27, 2021


Trawling in the Hauraki Gulf has been a contentious issue for more than a century so the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s recent policy decision to remove all industrial bottom trawling and…

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A higher target for more fish – B50

April 26, 2021


New Zealand’s so-called world leading quota management system is an abject failure. That is the inconvenient truth. After 35 years we still have fisheries that are not abundant enough to…

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Reel Questions with Tom Hishon

April 9, 2021


Reel Questions is a commentary series providing an insight to the opinions and experiences of individuals who have ties with our fish life and marine environment whether it be their…

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Our programmes

The Kai Ika project utilises fish heads, frames and offal which were previously going to waste.  Since 2016 over 60,000 kilos of fish parts have been diverted from landfill and repurposed for consumption or organic use.

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FishCare – The school of best practice is an educational initiative to help us reduce our collective impact on the marine environment, while ensuring we maximise the benefits of our fishing effort and catch.

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About Us

LegaSea is a not for profit organisation established by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council in 2012.

Together with your help we have attended over 900 events, 368 research and planning meetings, funded 80 submissions, created the FishCare education programe, dedicated 715 hours to the Sea Change marine spatial planning process, conducted the largest ever survey of public views on rock lobster management in New Zealand and performed 2 surveys of recreational fishing practices.

What is LegaSea? | Financials | Our people

 

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council has been serving the interests of its 55 member clubs since 1957. Most of these clubs are Incorporated Societies and between them there are 36,200 affiliated members nationwide.

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Support us

LegaSea is a group of committed people working together to restore abundance. Our team is a mix of professionals and volunteers. LegaSea is supported by a host of corporate partners and the generosity of thousands of people who care about our marine environment. There is power in numbers, your contribution will make a difference. The tide is turning.

Become a Legend

Starting at just $20 per month, becoming a LegaSea Legend is more than just a financial commitment, it’s a leadership role. You can inspire others to join us, to lend a hand. We are not looking for a few Legends we are looking for thousands.

 

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Keep up to date with the latest news. We publish regular articles, social media posts and media releases to keep New Zealand informed
on what’s happening with our fisheries.

 

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Our partners

Our Partners, both Platinum and Gold are our lifeblood. They help LegaSea with funding and materials. Their support motivates the team and demonstrates a commitment to all New Zealanders, to ensure our lives are made richer through the health of our fisheries and the environment we all live in.

Our current Platinum Partners are: