Meet the locals

Commercial fishers take around 1000 tonnes of snapper per year from the gulf, and recreational fishers double that amount.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

Snapper populations are now well below the ‘target’ sustainable level of 20% of unfished populations.

For many species, populations are so low that fishers are no longer able to hit the total allowable commercial catch. Crayfish catches are now at the lowest levels since 1980 and a large recently discovered scallop bed collapsed after just three years of harvest. Destructive methods such as bottom trawling, Danish seining and scallop dredging are still being used.

Episodes From This Location

City of sails

1 minute / 2018

Waka-ama with Richard

1 minute / 2018

Prepare for take-off

1 minute / 2018

Islands of the Gulf

1 minute / 2018

Future food

1 minute / 2018

Dumped

1 minute / 2018

The remains of the day

1 minute / 2018

Spilling sewers

1 minute / 2018

Recreational fishing

1 minute / 2018

Meet the locals

1 minute / 2018

Off balance

1 minute / 2018

Sustainable fishing

1 minute / 2018

Bow riding

1 minute / 2018

Trevally traffic

1 minute / 2018

Beneath the boats

1 minute / 2018

City on the sea

1 minute / 2018