FAQs

What is LegaSea’s stance on marine reserves?

August 23, 2018 LegaSea comments LegaSea supports marine reserves where they deliver tangible benefits to the marine resources. Where marine reserves are proposed as a conservation measure for fisheries management we have found, through experience and research, that they do not always deliver the intended benefits.  Contrary to current legislation and often in response to inadequate fisheries management, […]

What is the Fisheries Management Area 1 policy?

August 23, 2018 The Fisheries Management Area 1 policy is a document developed by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council and it applies to the area between North Cape and the eastern Bay of Plenty. LegaSea is promoting this policy as a way of providing future generations the fishing opportunities and marine resources we so gratefully inherited. Historic […]

What is the Gurnard 2 policy?

August 23, 2018 The Gurnard 2 policy is a document developed by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council and it applies to the area between East Cape and Wellington. LegaSea is promoting this policy as a way of providing future generations the fishing opportunities and marine resources we so gratefully inherited. Gurnard used to be a staple recreational […]

Are there any catch limits for pilchard & mackerel?

August 23, 2018 Has the government leased out the area off upper North Island to enable commercial fishers to take sardines and mackerel with no limits? LegaSea comments No. Sardine-Pilchard The sardine we have in New Zealand is commonly called Pilchard.  They were bought into the Quota System about 10 years ago.  The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council […]

Why not apply a ‘land-all catch’ policy to commercial fishing?

August 23, 2018 LegaSea believes the ‘land-all catch’ policy proposed by Fisheries New Zealand fails to achieve its primary purpose – that landed commercial catch will equate to what is actually caught at sea. This is a misdirected attempt at curbing the damage inflicted by inshore trawlers. Our latest submission on a land-all catch policy was made in […]

Why don’t we apply a ‘land-all catch’ policy to recreational fishing?

August 23, 2018 A land-all catch policy is variously promoted as a way of reducing recreational fishing activity and related mortality, assuming that once the bag limit is caught the person will stop fishing. There are good reasons why LegaSea does not support a land-all catch policy being applied to recreational fishing, including the following – People will […]

What commercial fishing restrictions apply in the Bay of Islands?

August 23, 2018 Specific restrictions on commercial fishing apply in many parts of the Bay of Islands. Some restrictions apply only to the southern areas of the Bay, others regulations apply to the whole inner Bay of Islands. A rahui, customary management area, applies in Maunganui Bay, around the sunken wreck the Canterbury and Deep Water Cove in […]

What about the charter boat reporting scheme?

August 23, 2018 In 2014 the Ministry for Primary Industries answered a range of questions relating to the charter boat reporting scheme. In this document they discuss what species must have their catch reported, why those species were chosen and what areas those reporting requirements apply to. We do not have an updated copy of questions and answers […]

Why is B40 promoted as a management target?

August 23, 2018 Prior to modern fishing fisheries were assumed to be at around 100% of virgin stock size. Industrial fishing reduced many inshore fish stocks to very low levels. A stock size of 40% of the unfished size (B40) is the contemporary estimate of the stock size that will produce the maximum sustainable yield (MSY). B40 is […]

How close inshore can purse seiners operate off the Whangarei coastline?

August 23, 2018 There is a small area at the north end of Bream Bay that prohibits purse seine nets. This area runs from Busby Head at the Whangarei Harbour entrance to about half way between Marsden Point and the Ruakaka River mouth. Trawl and Danish seine nets are excluded from a much larger area in the inner […]