LegaSea newsletters

LegaSea newsletter #111 – Coromandel scallop closure a win for the people

September 9, 2021 Yesterday the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries, David Parker, approved a rāhui or temporary closure of the scallop fishery off the east Coromandel coast, following a request by Ngāti Hei in February this year. The closure means no scallop harvesting by commercial, recreational and customary fishers for two years, from this Saturday September 11.

Kai ika newsletter update – The Kai Ika Project keeps rolling on

August 23, 2021 With level 4 lockdown upon us again, The Kai Ika Project is once again stepping up to distribute kaimoana to whanau in need. Last year we distributed over 55 tonnes of previously unwanted kaimoana. Multiple lockdowns didn’t stop us then nor will it stop us now! Lockdown makes the logistics of food distribution very difficult […]

Newsletter #110 – Thanks for speaking up, thousands are with you

August 13, 2021 It’s been a busy period for our fisheries management team, with 12 fisheries up for review in the past two months. Public submissions have now closed, and if you were one of the thousands who had your say in support of more fish in the water – Thanks a bunch!

Newsletter #109 – Big changes are coming

June 25, 2021 SeaChange announcement; Land all catch regulations; Tarakihi court case decision. It’s been a huge week with three major announcements impacting our fisheries. This week the Revitalising Our Gulf Sea Change strategy was released in response to the 2017 Sea Change Marine Spatial Plan aimed at restoring the health of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Newsletter #108 – Kaikōura paūa are back

June 18, 2021 After 5 long years the Kaikōura pāua fishery is set to reopen. It’s been a hard wait for one of New Zealand’s most enjoyed fisheries and there is plenty of excitement at the prospect of it reopening. Stocks are looking good, but as expected, there will be are plenty of changes being recommended for recreational harvest rules.

Newsletter #107 – It’s National Kahawai Day

May 28, 2021 LegaSea is celebrating May 28th as National Kahawai Day, in recognition of the community coming together in the early 2000s to save ‘the people’s fish’.  The 4-year Kahawai Legal Challenge was the first time recreational fishers had taken the Minister of Fisheries to court since the Quota Management System was introduced 20 years prior. It […]

LegaSea newsletter #106 – Let your voice be heard

May 13, 2021 The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show starts today and LegaSea will be there for the full 4 days. We are looking forward to talking with you face to face. There is certainly a lot to talk about, from the launch of Rescue Fish, the fight against bottom trawling and dredging, and where the heck all […]

LegaSea newsletter #105 – See you at the show

May 5, 2021 As we head into May, fishers and boaties among us are only thinking about one thing – The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show. With last year’s event being cancelled for Covid, we are more than looking forward to this year’s event.  This is our chance to talk to you face to face, and there is […]

LegaSea newsletter #104 – Celebrating communities working to protect the environment

April 9, 2021 As international awareness for the plight of our ocean grows, local communities are taking action. We’ve seen a raft of communities joining forces and placing rāhui (temporary closures) around the coastline. Supporting these efforts has meant a busy start to the year for the LegaSea crew. We have also seen some topical and timely documentaries […]

LegaSea newsletter #103 – We’re stopping the dredge

March 23, 2021 The support for banning bottom contact fishing techniques is growing.  Local community initiatives such as rāhui on shellfish species by Ngāti Hei and Ngāti Paoa, and the Coromandel Restoration Programme have only heightened the conversation of the urgency to ban destructive fishing methods that are destroying our seafloor habitats.  And just today, public consultation has […]