Recreational fishing

Fishermen cast a line from Orakei Wharf. For some, fishing here is recreational. For many others, it’s about sustenance.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

However, the impact of recreational fishing cannot be underestimated. In the Hauraki Gulf, some 220,000 recreational fishers haul up the same tonnage of snapper per year as commercial fishers, but few believe the recreational take is impacting fish stocks or habitats. It is more frequently referred to as a birthright than a privilege—or a detrimental activity.

Of the top 15 finfish caught in the gulf, only four are at or above sustainable populations. What if fishers treated limits as limits, rather than targets? How about we heroically haul up our fish, and call it a day, rather than catching a boat-load—which, admit it, is kind of repulsive?

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