Ban Bottom Contact Fishing Methods in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
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Ban Bottom Contact Fishing Methods in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Help protect the Gulf and its precious seafloor species and habitats

Bottom trawling, scallop dredging and Danish seining are destructive fishing methods that have been taking place in the Hauraki Gulf for decades.

HELP US PUT PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNMENT TO REMOVE THESE HARMFUL FISHING PRACTICES FROM THE HAURAKI GULF MARINE PARK

@Ian Skipworth

Bottom Trawling is destroying habitats

These mobile bottom contact fishing methods drag fishing gear across the seafloor, destroying valuable benthic habitats in the process. These methods are also indiscriminate and catch large amounts of untargeted sealife and bycatch.

The effects of these harmful fishing methods are long-lasting and it takes years for seafloor area to recover.

Together, we can save the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Bottom trawling is having a devastating impact on marine life.

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is one of only three places in the world where Bryde’s (pronounced “BROO-dus”) whales live year-round! Bryde’s whales in Aotearoa are Threatened (Nationally Critical) — our country’s highest threat level. Scientists estimate there are only 135 left. 

Now is the time to remove these fishing practices in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park once and for all.

This year we have the opportunity to make an impact on the recovery of the Hauraki Gulf. We can effect change by putting enormous pressure on the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries to remove trawling and dredging from the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Join us in telling the Government that New Zealanders do not want to see any more bottom trawling, scallop dredging of Danish Seining in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park