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A voluntary fishing accord

Simple actions we can take to conserve fish stocks


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A voluntary fishing accord

Simple actions we can all take to conserve fish stocks


Let's put the big ones back

barrenKina Barren Photo: Vince KerrTaking big snapper and big crayfish out of an area lets kina run rampant. Ever seen a kina barren?

Putting the big snapper and big crayfish back is one thing we can do to keep our shallow reefs healthy.

  • big ones back 1Photo: Dean Wright / OneshotBig snapper and big crayfish deal to kina, keeping their population in check. Smaller snapper and crays can't do that job.
  • When these big predators are removed from an area, kina numbers explode.
  • Kina eat kelp.
  • Left unchecked, kina munch through kelp forests, sometimes as deep as 8 m, leaving bare rock - kina barrens
  • Kelp forests are the nurseries of the sea. When they are gone vital habitat for food, for cover and breeding is lost.

Read the full article here 

One big fish a day

voluntary fishing accordPhoto: Dean Wright / Oneshot

Catching kingfish, hapuka or bass?
How about limiting our take home catch to just one big fish in total per angler per day?

Leave our scallop dredges in the garage

scallop diverPhoto: Dean Wright / Oneshot

Snorkel for scallops, tank dive if we must, but please let's leave our dredges in the garage. It's not a good method of fishing for these guys.

Release em' carefully

releasing fishPhoto: MPIWe throw back a lot of undersized fish nowadays.  Handling and releasing them carefully increases their chances of surviving to be big!

MPI put out a great brochure on best-practice. Hit the download button below...

  • Remove fish from the water only if you have to
  • Wear cotton or rubber gloves or at least wet your hands
  • Lie fish on a soft wet surface if you need to handle them out of the water
  • Change to a larger hook size if you are catching a lot of undersized fish
  • Minimise the time fish are out of the water
  • Remove the hook carefully from mouth-hooked fish
  • Cut the line for gut-hooked fish
  • Return fish gently to the sea

Download the MPI brochure

Fishing in deep water?

depth traumaExophthalmia in a dhufish captured by a recreational angler from approximately 40m in depth.

Fishing in shallower water enables release with less harm to the fish.

"Depth of capture was by far the most important factor affecting release mortality. Mortality increased from an average of 3.42% of fish caught in the shallows (5, 15 and 30 m) to 69.0% of fish from the deeper waters (45 and 65m)."

Take enough to feed our whanau

fishing8Photo: Dean Wright / OneshotLet's feed our whanau, not our whole neighbourhood!

And if you don't want the heads - give them away on this site:

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nudi spongeAll of us with an interest and love of Tangaroa, let's work together and take on the challenge of marine protection for the Bay.

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