Boaties, fishers & divers

As someone who spends time on and in the Hauraki Gulf we know you have a special connection.  Here’s how you can help.

Spread the word

Get familiar with the problem, the history and the current state of the Gulf – and make sure your friends know too. Tell them about our work in restoring the mussel beds.  

Ditch that dredge & fish sustainably

Let’s learn from the history and call an end to recreational dredging for tipa / scallops.

Recreational fishing in the Hauraki Gulf now takes more than the commercial catch of Tāmure / snapper, kahawai and haku / kingfish in the Gulf [1].  The increased presence of kina barrens around the Gulf is due to a lack of key kina predators:  tāmure and kōura / crayfish. 

You can help by fishing more sustainably.  Limit your take, don’t take your limit.  Release the big snapper, after you’ve taken that selfie.

Legasea operate the FishCare programme that has more information on how to fish sustainably. Another resource is Good Fishing.

Recreational Fishers

Report found reefs

The University of Auckland and Revive Our Gulf project are collecting data on all known naturally occurring mussel beds in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

If you’re diving or snorkeling in the Marine Park and come across natural beds of green-lipped Kūtai / Mussel reefs then please take some pictures and send them to us with the GPS coordinates and an estimate of the reef size.

Email this information to: [email protected]

SCUBA divers

Become a supporter

Consider supporting our work by becoming a regular sponsor. Keep in touch by joining our Facebook group and adding yourself to our mailing list (see sign-up in footer).

[1] Hauraki Gulf Forum, 2020 State of the Gulf, 2017-2018 data on recreational vs. commercial catch