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LegaSea Update

Report: LegaSea Governance and Advisory activity for the
period August – October 2018
For: New Zealand Sport Fishing Council club delegatee, Zone
meetings and AGM, October 2018
By: Sam Woolford and Louise O’Sullivan
Date: 24 October 2018
1. Supporter Engagement
a. Events. LegaSea presented at 12 events over this period including the Gisborne
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Remits and Policy Documents for NZSFC for AGM 

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Remits and Policy Documents for NZSFC for AGM

Hello Clubs and Delegates

Earlier in July you were forwarded documents for consideration prior to your zone meetings and the AGM.

I have attached for your information a PDF copy of all the documents.

As you will be asked to vote on these items it is important that you have read them and will have any queries and/or amendments ready for your zone meeting discussion.

Please ensure you have read this document prior to your zone meeting.  As this is a very large document your club will be sent hard copies of this document for you also.

Please click here for the PDF document


Helen Pastor
NZ Sport Fishing Council


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Hello Clubs and Delegates

Due to a few updates, please find attached the final first and heaviest record for the 2017/2018 season.
Certificates will be sent to your clubs shortly.

Click here for the records


Helen Pastor
NZ Sport Fishing Council

Gamefish Tagging Report

Change of Address
The Fisheries division of the Ministry for Primary Industries has changed its name and moved to a new address at the MPI campus on Maurice Wilson Avenue, near Auckland Airport. Pleasenote the new Postal Address for all tag cards and recapture information:

Gamefish Tagging Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 53030
Auckland 2150

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Current Lines May issue 1

Current Lines May issue 1

Just a snipet from the world wide web, On Tuesday night last week the MetOcean Solutions wave buoy moored in the Southern Ocean just south of New Zealand recorded a massive 23.8 m wave. “This is a very exciting event and to our knowledge it is largest wave ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.”

Please if you have the time pop in and say gidday to the LegaSea crew at the 2018 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show May 17 – May 20 · ASB Showgrounds · Auckland

Ahipara Gamefish Club May 10th – Club member Craig Rogers braved the elements recently, fishing off Ninety Mile Beach. He caught a nice Snapper est. 12Kg and being a Conservationist type of guy let this breeder go back. He has also caught a few around the 8kg weight. Well done Craig. Ninety Mile Beach rocks.

Kawhia Boating & Angling Club Inc – May 6 – Congratulations to angler Max Gilbert, skipper Luke Gilbert and the crew on board Albatross for tag & releasing a Broadbill Swordfish yesterday. It was caught at the Mokau Trench and it’s estimated weight was 170 kg. Well done guys.

Marsden Cove – Congratulations to Sean McCully and Mike McCully who landed a 201.4kg Striped Marlin off Ocean Beach, Baits in the water at 9, hooked up 5 mins later then back in before 12 to weigh the fish 😎 game fishing doesn’t get much better than that !

Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club – April 25 – 2 fantastic catches of Broadbill weighed in Mercury Bay this evening. Well done to those involved.

Muriwai Sports Fishing Club April 22  How cool is this! Matt Dodd was on daycare duty on Friday and decided fishing was a good plan. Result was young Josh having a battle he’ll remember forever, landing a 152kg stripey. Dad at the helm, Luke Nobilo on the leader and wee Sophie sleeping through the whole thing.

Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club – April 16 – Congratulations to Oscar Newport on Bushido, Noel Kingham on Outahere and Stuart Moore on Whiplash – a Striped Marlin each today!! And it’s Congratulations and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Wynne Goingfishing on his own boat GPS – a Striped Marlin landed on just 10kg line – Not bad on your 88th birthday huh!!

This is different! Tony Carpenter is doing what he does best and caught a Sunfish, as by catch, in 500 metres! These unique fish are more commonly encountered, on or near, the surface and none of the crew at Shimano have heard of one caught on a rod and reel before!! Hooked in the corner of the mouth and released to “fight another day” Oh and the lads caught another sword today as well!

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Latest news from NZ Recreational Fishing Council

NZ Rec Fish Council

Rec Fish Council update – June 2018

Later this week, the NZRFC will be sending out their annual invoices and we are seeking your continued support, through membership donation, to ensure the ongoing representation and advocacy work of the Council.

A lot of good work is being done by many other recreational fishing advocacy groups, and this must continue if we are to gain Ministerial support for our sector.  The NZ Recreational Fishing Council (NZRFC) are not heard or seen as often, but do spend a significant amount of time researching and working on submissions, lobbying government officials and negotiating for an appropriate share of the New Zealand fishery.

Our latest initiative is to host the first Fisheries NZ Forum 2018 later this year and expressions of interest are being called for so that planning can get underway to finalise the nature and shape of the event.  The format will be structured in a way that representatives from all sectors; commercial, customary, regulatory, boat clubs and recreational will share ideas and communicate their key issues with a view to developing long term resolutions in partnership.  Read more about this new initiative below.

Margaret Wind
Executive Officer

You can join the NZRFC mailing list using this sign up form.

Please forward this newsletter to people you think will be interested. 

Visit our updated website for more updates and news.
We also now have a Facebook page to encourage dialogue with members throughout the country.

Update / NRLMG

Seven rock lobster stocks are managed with operational management procedures (MPs): CRA 6 and CRA 9 are managed without one. Use of Management Procedures to manage New Zealand lobster stocks coupled to the CPUE data is seen as the most cost effective and responsive way to manage rock lobster extractions.

However, there are exceptions. The MP for CRA 9 was abandoned in 2015 when the NRLMG accepted advice that CPUE was not a reliable index of abundance for this stock.

We asked MPI/Fisheries NZ:
How can you trust CPUE as an index of abundance?
First – because a significant amount of work goes into estimating CPUE from the raw data: the data are processed to remove errors, then “standardised” to remove the effects of season and area. Projects have looked (they continue to look) at potential problems caused by changes in fishing patterns, high-grading and holding pots, to assure us that the best procedures are being used to produce CPUE.

Second – because CPUE appears to be an index of abundance. It shows long periods of increase or decrease; it doesn’t show a lot of variation around the medium-term trend, so it’s not a noisy index. The CPUE trends concur with trends in size distributions, supporting the idea that it is an index of abundance.

CPUE is affected by lots of things in the short-term: where you fish, bait, the moon, the season, the weather, how you fish, and lots of other things. The input to a management procedure is from a whole year of commercial potting data, analysed in combination with all the previous years, and a lot of the short-term effects cancel themselves out.

Third – both commercial and non-commercial fishermen use CPUE themselves: when things are bad they “can’t catch fish”.

Fourth – stock assessment results show that CPUE has the same signal as other data sets.

Aren’t you worried that commercial fishermen might manipulate CPUE?
No. First – there are huge penalties for commercial fishermen not providing the data accurately. Second – it’s in the best interests of the commercial industry to report CPUE accurately, so that the stock remains healthy. Third – repeatedly, when a cut could have been averted by manipulating CPUE, it hasn’t happened.


While the NZRFC recommended that the CRA2 fishery be closed to get all pots and divers out of the water, thus exposing the illegal catch. This was a bold decision based on the CPUE and research showing that this fishery is just bordering on the hard limit in an effort ensure a rapid rebuild and sustainability. In an effort to ensure that the many small fishermen survive, the recent Ministers decision has seen the TAC for CRA2 reduced significantly to 193tonne. The TACC has subsequently been set at 100t a 50% reduction with the recreation allowance set at 34t a 76% reduction.  There was no change in the Customary allowance.
The goal is to constrain recreational removals to the new 34 tonne allowance (on average) until increased stock abundance enables consideration of a TAC increase. At this point we have been assured and it is recorded in the NRLMG records that when the TAC is increased and the TACC is increased the allowance for recreational will also increase. This is to respect the shared pain – shared gain philosophy on the management group.

Fisheries New Zealand and the NRLMG also consider that the most effective measure to manage recreational catch to the new 34 tonne allowance over the next few years is to reduce the recreational daily bag limit to three rock lobsters per person. This has been supported with some reservations.
A major goal is to minimise illegal removals to ensure fish thieves do not compromise the rebuild and the rebuild accrues to legitimate fishers. So along with an increased enforcement and compliance focus on CRA2, Fisheries New Zealand and the NRLMG propose to introduce telson clipping for recreational fishers.

Recreational fishers will be required to clip at least the last third of the middle part of the tail fan (the “telson”) (end of the tail) once they have taken a lobster. This marks a lobster as being recreationally caught, and so is not permitted to be brought, bartered or traded. Telson clipping is expected to help address the illegal take and sale of rock lobsters on the domestic market by non-commercial fishers and fish thieves. This will not hurt the lobster or change the taste. In support of this initiative Kaitiaki will be requested to make telson clipping a condition of permit to assist in identifying lobsters customary use only.

National Blue Cod Strategy update

Fisheries New Zealand has announced the results of the second phase of public engagement in the development of the National Blue Cod Strategy.
Inshore fisheries manager Steve Halley says it was good to see so many people giving us feedback in phase 2 of the engagement.
“We had 1,182 responses to the second online survey from all over New Zealand, and around 150 people also came along to the nine drop in sessions we held throughout the South Island.
“The majority of respondents were very supportive of the proposed approaches, as well as the objectives of the strategy.  In particular, we had strong support for the proposed introduction of a traffic light system to show how fisheries are performing at a local level.
“The final strategy, based on all the conversations and information we have gathered, will be released in the coming months. Following the release of the strategy it is likely some immediate changes to the rules and limits for blue cod will be consulted on,” Mr Halley says.

Proposed Mataitai Reserve at Cape Runaway

Te Whānau a Kauaetangohia Hapū has applied for a mātaitai reserve at Cape Runaway in the Bay of Plenty. The hapū is seeking approval to create the Kauaetangohia Mātaitai Reserve.
Mātaitai reserves are areas closed to commercial fishing that may have bylaws affecting recreational and customary fishing.
The NZ Recreational Fishing Council will be lodging an submission before closing date of 5 July 2018.  Anyone wishing to read more about this and have their say, should send their comments to before the 2nd of July 2018.  These will be included in the RecFishNZ submission.  You may also opt to send in your own submission and the link is as follows:

Sustainability Review Update – Fisheries NZ engagement with NZRecFish

Keith Ingram and Margaret Wind recently met with John Taunton-Clark | Principal Analyst, Fisheries Management last month, to discuss this important subject.  FNZ plan to release documents for consultation mid June, with submissions due around mid-July and decisions expected in September.  This review includes all species and is relevant to all fishers in NZ. The Council will be seeking your input into the submission, once discussion documents are released.  Standby for more information on this soon.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Recreational Fisheries Project – what is it?

Some of you may be aware that TNC has been in New Zealand for nearly two years. Its first marine project was preparing a report on the learnings from 30 years of experience managing commercial fisheries with the Quota Management System. TNC is currently working to progress a number of topics identified in this report including:

  • Contributions to MPI’s development and implementation of an Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System for commercial fishing vessels.
  • Partnering with multiple groups, including Revive our Gulf, Iwi, and the University of Auckland, who are working to advance the green-lipped mussel reef restoration project in the Hauraki Gulf that supports fisheries production and other ecosystem services.
  • Addressing a range of issues related to the management of shared fisheries. These issues will be addressed through the recreational fisheries project, which will also pursue partnership opportunities to restore shellfish beds and other nearshore habitats outside the Hauraki Gulf.

To find out more about this international organisation and its recent work in NZ, go to:

Notice of Rocketlab Launch in Mahia Peninsular area

Rocketlab will be sending the Council a ‘Notice of Launch’ for any upcoming missions which we will send out  to all members in future.  There is a launch due to take place in the Mahia Peninsular area this week if weather permits.
This is relevant to any fishers, operators, agents and vessels that may be transiting the area.  If any operators or fishers have questions, please feel free to contact the Launch Safety Operations Manager on, or if in the vicinity of Mahia during Launch days, contact Rocket Lab Range Control on VHF 07.

Important message about unsafe kapok lifejackets

Maritime NZ has issued the attached safety bulletin: Life jackets with kapok-filling or cotton straps could fail when used. These life jackets are unsafe and should be replaced with new life jackets as soon as possible. Old unsafe lifejackets should be destroyed so that they cannot be re-used or on-sold.

Please read the attached bulletin carefully, then forward it to your organisation’s members encouraging them to work with the masters or skippers of all their vessels and managers responsible for safety so they can “check, replace, destroy” the unsafe lifejackets.
Link to safety bulletin

Consultation on North Island freshwater eels

Fisheries New Zealand has started public consultation on catch limits for North Island freshwater eels. This includes the shortfin eel and the longfin eel in all Quota Management Areas across the North Island.
Fisheries New Zealand Inshore Fisheries Manager Steve Halley says the review is based on a new scientific assessment by NIWA in 2017 for North Island eels.
“The scientific assessment has been reviewed through Fisheries New Zealand’s science review process by independent experts, and we are now using that information to look at how we manage this fishery going forward,” says Mr Halley.
“The latest scientific information is showing shortfin eel stocks in the North Island are at sustainable levels, so we are proposing no changes to the catch limits.
“There are two options for longfin eels. The first would keep the catch limits for each stock at its current level.
“The second reduces catch limits across all North Island stocks. This takes into account the biological vulnerability of longfin eels, and that some longfin eel stocks, while stable, may not be showing a clear increase in abundance. It also responds to concerns raised during discussion with iwi, stakeholders and public feedback about longfin eels.
“Following public consultation, we will provide the Minister of Fisheries with final advice, so that any catch limit changes can be notified prior to the start of the new fishing year for eels, which is 1 October 2018,” Mr Halley says.
The consultation document and information about how to have your say is available on the Fisheries New Zealand web page:

Expressions of Interest – Fisheries NZ Forum 2018

We are currently investigating the option of a Fisheries NZ Forum; a one day meeting that will be all inclusive in an effort to open up meaningful dialogue across all sectors in the shared NZ fishery.  Invitations will be sent out to representatives from the commercial, customary, regulatory, recreational and clubs – if you are keen to be a part of this forum, please contact to register your interest.  Subject matters for the first forum would include Ocean Farms, Aquaculture growth, Blue Cod, Southern Blue Fin Tuna, Rock Lobster, Terakihi, shared fisheries, and the environmental impact on fishing.

We’re on Facebook — go and ‘like’ our page for updates and to be part of the online community:

Review of Southern Scallops and recommendations for future management

Review of Southern Scallops and recommendations for future management

Fisheries New Zealand has proposed a further temporary closure of the Southern Scallop fishery, SCA 7 and Port Underwood. (See attached). The temporary closure would be for the 2018 season starting on 15 July. The closure will apply to commercial and recreational harvesting of scallops. The Southern Scallop fishery has been closed for the past two seasons.

Attached is a summary of the proposals and draft recommendations from the NZSFC Fisheries Management Sub-committee. Read it here.

Submission deadline to Fisheries New Zealand is 25 June. Deadline for any comments to the Fisheries Management team is 21 June 2018.

SCA7 Review 
SCA7 Proposal and temporary closure 

NZ Recreational Harvest Service

Hello Everyone
Please see the article link below on NZ recreational harvest surveys that was published recently in the scientific journal Fisheries Research.  It highlights the high quality work being undertaken in NZ and will be circulated world wide as a quotable reference for other research articles.

Congratulations to John Holdsworth on getting this article published.
To read the article click here

Helen Pastor
NZ Sport Fishing Council

Current Lines – March 2018


Hello Everyone; who would have thought England all out for 56 I the first session on day 1 in the first test, no wonder I’m not listening to music, go the black caps.

The 2018 ITM and Simrad Nationals are over for another year. A big thank you goes to Simrad and ITM for their great support over the week. I’m sure all those who won a Simrad Go 7 will enjoy them and give them lots of use trying to find those elusive fish!! Please remember these dates in 2019, 16th to the 23rd February. Well done to the winners of the daily Go7 with total scan packages.

Day 1 – Joseph Gregory from Counties Sport Fishing Club,
Day 2 – Attila Peller from Manukau Sport Fishing Club,
Day 3 – Alec Stevenson from Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club,
Day 4 – Warwick Searle from Ahipara Gamefish Club,
Day 5 – David Beuth from Waihau Bay Sports Fishing Club,
Day 6 – Shannon Warnest from Waihau Bay Sports Fishing Club,
Day 7 – Digby Tootle from Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club,
Day 8 – Mark Graves from Mt Maunganui Sportfishing Club.

Sections 1 – 5 – click here
Sections 6 – 10 – click here
Sections 11 – 15 – click here

You can also view the final results on the webpage –
just go to

From Australia, their Nationals equivalent; Exmouth, Aus – (GAMEX) 56 Teams have released 196 Billfish over 4-Days (148 Black Marlin, 9 Blue Marlin, 38 Sailfish, 1 Striped Marlin).

In what can only be describes as a Kiwi first land-based marlin capture; Just caught off Baileys Beach, Dargaville. A fine striped marlin caught on a Torpedo longline, it weighed 142kg.

From the Zane Grey International Billfish Tournament; BOI- 2 potential records weighed in; – Congratulations to Steve Pollock onboard Anchorage who weighed in a 252kg Blue Marlin on 15kg line. A long standing national record has been broken (formerly held by T Woolston at 234.00) and Dick onboard Imperito who weighed in a 80.25kg Yellowfin Tuna on 37kg line.
Chile Bans Bottom Trawling from 98% of its EEZ to help its fishery. Chile bans bottom sea trawling in 98% of its exclusive economic zone – The Santiago Times Chile bans bottom sea trawling in 98% of its exclusive economic zone December 18, 2017.

From Houhora Final Prizegiving and congratulations to the winners. Check out our results on Facebook. See you all back next year as we celebrate 25 years (quarter of a century) of the Houhora One Base. A big thanks to everyone that supported the tournament and especially our amazing volunteers. Congratulations to Nick Inder on ‘Rampage’ with team mates Josh Inder and Johno Brien, finally breaking the striped marlin drought. Nick’s fish went 105.50 kg and is potentially a $10,000 fish. It ended up winning the 10K and also they bought their own boat in the Calcutta.

Wrap Up for the Metalcraft Marsden Cove Marlin Classic. Done and dusted. 6 Stipeys weighed, 4 tagged and released. Heaviest Marlin went to Shaun Graham at 130.8kg. Top tag and release went to Dion Webb with 2. A fantastic event, thanks to all who were involve. Over $70,000 in prizes and some very happy anglers

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Mutilation of Fish Ruling

There has been a bit of discussion lately on what constitutes mutilation of fish with respect to Bleeding, Gutting and Gilling for retaining the fish quality, and how it will effect a record application.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council would like to clarify this and states the following:-

The actual rule reads “The following situations will disqualify a catch;…………

………2. Mutilation to the fish, prior to landing or boating the catch, caused by sharks, other fish, mammals, or propellers that remove or penetrate the flesh. (Injuries caused by leader or line, scratches, old healed scars or regeneration deformities are not considered to be disqualifying injuries.) Any mutilation on the fish must be shown in a photograph and fully explained in a separate report accompanying the record application.”

Therefore, the IGFA and the NZSFC do not consider gutting or bleeding a fish (there are many techniques) an act of mutilation that would disqualify the fish from a record eligibility, as none of these procedures could conceivably be done “prior to landing or boating the catch”.  Removing the blood and/or organs from a fish would only decrease the overall weight and therefore would not give an advantage at the time of weighing.
With regard to mutilation; IGFA and NZSFC are only concerned with what happens during the fight.  For example, should the fish be attacked by a shark, or struck with a propeller during the fight, it’s fighting ability has been compromised and therefore the IGFA and NZSFC would not consider it for a world record.
To clarify, line chaffing, gaff damage and old wounds or scars are not considered as mutilation, and once the fish has been landed it is perfectly acceptable to bleed or gut the fish – just make sure your catch is big enough to withstand the weightloss and still be a record.

NZSFC 60th History Report

Game Fishing in New Zealand from the start in about 1900 until 2017



By John Chibnall

This brief story is about game fishing in the early days from about 1900, until 1957 when the New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council Incorporated was formed, until 2017 – sixty years this year. The Council’s fifty year book already tells much of the Council’s formation years from 1957 and then up to 2007. This article is to record the work not mentioned in that book but nevertheless should be part of Council’s history.   Continue reading

IGFA Rule Changes

Assisting the Angler
Current IGFA International Angling Rules state that “the act of a person other than the angler touching the rod, reel, or line either bodily or with a device once the fish strikes or takes the bait” constitutes a disqualification.
However, nowhere in the IGFA’s rules do we discuss the legality of another person touching or making contact with the angler. The IGFA is frequently questioned on the legality of touching the angler while they are fighting a fish.
In order to clarify this important subject, the IGFA will be adding the following language to the section 3 of Disqualifying Acts: “Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler. Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling does not constitute a disqualification”.
This change is effective April 1, 2017.

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