LegaSea newsletters

LegaSea newsletter #103 – Must be the season of the fish

February 25, 2021 As we move towards late summer and fishing around our coastal waters reaches its zenith for the year, the state of our fisheries becomes a more heated topic. Whether around the BBQ or the boat ramps, now is a good time to reflect how our fish stocks have changed over the years. While many fish […]

LegaSea newsletter #102 – Rescue Fish in action, in the community

February 4, 2021 As people become more frustrated with the lack of government action to protect our coastal marine environments, more communities are taking action. In the last two months two iwi have enacted rāhui to protect coastal sealife and rebuild abundance. LegaSea believes these community responses reflects problems with the way that Fisheries New Zealand and the […]

LegaSea newsletter #101 – Looking forward to a better 2021

January 20, 2021 We’re into another year and I think we’re all hoping it’s going to be far less dramatic than 2020! But no guarantees. With a refreshed government committed to change and a new Oceans and Fisheries Minister, now is the time to push hard for fisheries management reform and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing. The […]

LegaSea newsletter #100 – Dredging is a Drag

December 4, 2020 In September the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council endorsed a policy encouraging recreational fishers to retire their scallop dredges. At a time when the community is increasingly concerned about the deteriorating state of our marine environment, it’s exciting to see this Council embracing progressive policy and encouraging change to their 36,000 affiliated members.

LegaSea newsletter #99 – Change is coming so why hide the truth?

November 12, 2020 Today’s good news is undermined by the fact that we know so little about our fish stocks. While a lack of information is supposed to lead to more precautionary management decisions, our reality is much different. Fisheries New Zealand continue to withhold a raft of reports, and bottom trawling in inshore waters is still killing […]

LegaSea newsletter #98 – Counting Down and Gearing up

October 1, 2020 We are officially in the election countdown now and it’s interesting to see how COVID-19 is affecting the political parties’ policies. Sadly, fisheries issues have largely been ignored as the big parties fight it out over the best way to recover from the economic and social impact of the pandemic. Given the interesting political landscape […]

LegaSea newsletter #97 – Rescue Fish – Watch it, sign it, share it

August 28, 2020 It’s been a frustrating time with the return of COVID-19 to the community, especially for people who live in Auckland. No fishing, no sports, no socialising. But it’s a good time to get online. So if you haven’t watched The Price of Fish, watch it. If you haven’t signed the petition, sign it. If you […]

LegaSea newsletter #96 – The QMS. A slow motion train wreck

July 31, 2020 “It was like watching a train wreck. I didn’t want to see or hear it, but I couldn’t take my eyes off it”. That is just one reaction to the release of Mike Bhana’s film ‘The Price of Fish’ that screened on TV last weekend. The film highlights the broken state of the Quota Management System and […]

LegaSea newsletter #95 – People inspiring change

July 15, 2020 For years we have been limited to raising awareness of the issues affecting our fisheries and coastal waters so it’s a real buzz to share with you our reform package – Rescue Fish. Rescue Fish is our best endeavour to inspire change so our fisheries can become more abundant and we can enjoy a healthier […]

LegaSea newsletter #94 – Rescue Fish is a solution to big problems

June 26, 2020 One of the first things you learn when you’re starting your working career is that managers hate problems. ‘Just bring me a solution’ is a common response. These days most people are acutely aware of the problems facing our coastal fisheries. While public concern grows it often fails to translate into meaningful discussions about solutions.  […]