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I don't know why I have been procrastinating for too long...ok my household are now membersApprove
 
C'mon fellow fishos its only $20 minimum...Clap
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I have my legasea polos and T shirts ready for my trip to Tonga, hoping to show the flag to my fishing companions. Now when are we going to organise some activity down this end of the island to Rustle up support from those who may not be aware....... pm me if you need assistance you might be surprised at what we can achieve.
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For sure. LegaSea will be in touch on anniversary dates. 
 
Just working on a report of LegaSea NZ Sport Fishing Council activity this year.
Should be out next week.
Had a meeting with the Minister last week.  Wide ranging discussion. A chance to get to know how things work. Mark Conner (NZSFC President) and John Chibnall (IGFA rep) thought David Carter was pretty straight up, he wants to make the right decisons, and will listen to what we have to say.  Won't always agree but will read submissions and weigh up the options.
 
 
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Yes we need your assistance.  We are looking for people to help get our cool LegaSea point of sale stands into fishing related retail outlets.  You will be given some material and coaching as a Legasea Agent to help recruit LegaSea Hosts at point of sale.
There is a new section displaying our current hosts on the website
 
You can Sign up for a Host Pack  at http://www.legasea.co.nz/host.php 
Or you can give Trish a call on 0800 LEGASEA (534 273)
 
Tim Taylor will be attending Fishing Contests and Events this summer  If you want to get involved call Trish.
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Originally posted by John H John H wrote:

We are looking for people to help get our cool LegaSea point of sale stands into fishing related retail outlets.  You will be given some material and coaching as a Legasea Agent to help recruit LegaSea Hosts at point of sale.
 
Good idea a stand and some presence and knowledge in every bait and tackle store, fishing club and so on. I know a few shops I will give them a wakeup call.Clap
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Our report on the Australian National recreational Fishing Conference was held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre from 17 – 19 August 2012. 160 delegates attended, including speakers from Great Britain the United States and New Zealand.
http://www.nzsportfishing.co.nz/index.cfm/PageID/3/ViewPage/News/fullarticle/189
I had imagined that Australia would be much more organised than New Zealand with respect to recreational fishing (RF) representation. In fact, they are in a very similar position to us.
 

In June 2012 Recfish Australia announced that it had reached an agreement with the Australian Fishing Tackle association (AFTA) to jointly form a national recreational fishing organisation. This will be known as the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation Ltd. (ARFF). However, because ARFF has tax-exempt status, it cannot involve itself with any political activity such as lobbying or advocacy. How this new entity will represent Australian anglers without lobbying on their behalf is something that the parties involved will have to work out fairly soon!

Wide ranging discussion including the conference themes

 

1. Engaging and influencing decision makers

2. Understanding the importance of recreational fishing to Australian society

3. Responsible fishing practises

4. More habitat – more fish

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One week to go.
Looking forward to the NZ Sport Fishing Council AGM at the Whangarei Deep Sea Angler Club at Tutukaka.  Home turf for some of us. There will be annual reports from the President, Fisheries Management Committee, and an update on progress with LegaSea and its potential. 
The NZ Marine Research Foundation will report on their work, investigating methods to value the economic impact of recreational fishing in NZ, the project to describe and explain trends in yellowfin tuna catch in NZ waters, and the new project on the review of the Animal Welfare Act and fishing, including a national survey of fisher attitudes to fish welfare.
Also there is new NZSFC policy on snapper in area one to be voted on, ahead of a likely management review for this stock next year.  No Minister this year, but the Ministries new inshore fisheries manager will be there. 
No doubt the NZ Recreational Fishing Council initiative using the Future Search method will be discussed.
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Stepping up to the mark to resource a stronger voice for recreational fishers.  Clap
Meet Scott

He’s one of our top dogs here at LegaSea. He really is a champ!

Scott’s having doubts that Facebook can spread the LegaSea story across NZ.
So…we made a bet with him.
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For every person that LIKES this photo Scott will pay $1.
AND for every new LegaSea - More Fish In The Water PAGE LIKE– he’ll pay another $1.
That’s free money to fight for More Fish In The Water for Future Generations.
Let's all make Scott pay! (and he will)
 
 
 
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China has sent sophisticated fishing boats into waters north of New Zealand, creating fears it is plundering the world's last great tuna stock in a bid to stake a claim to the region's resources.

 

Official figures show a 125 per cent increase in two years in the size of China's South Pacific tuna fleet, with many new boats added.

 

In a sign of increasing concern, a United States Navy carrier strike group sailed through the north Tasman Sea last month on a mission to “patrol and secure protected fishing areas in the southern Pacific” according the US-based Navy Times.

 

The mission was revealed after the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, cruiser Bunker Hill and destroyer Halsey reached Pearl Harbour.

 

The jump in Chinese boats operating around the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and in international waters between New Zealand and Fiji, has some in the fishing industry concerned.

 

“We all worry about the sheer number of vessels, but their technology means they now have double the firepower of five years ago in terms of how many hooks they can set,” Fiji Fish Marketing Ltd operator Graham Southwick said.

 

The Forum Fisheries Agency says as of this month there were 241 China-flagged vessels approved to fish, ahead of Taiwan's 221. Two years ago, China had only 107 boats long-line fishing for bigeye and yellowfin tuna.

 

In addition, many vessels flagged to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Kiribati are actually owned by Chinese companies.

 

“It has become constant, not only are they here, there are many more on the way,” Southwick said.

 

He said the Chinese boats all received about $300,000 a year as a fuel subsidy from Beijing, and were built with 0.5 per cent loans, many of them to keep shipyards working.

 

“It is a long-term game to get a maximum number of boats in the South Pacific.”

 

Vanuatu and the Solomons have issued more than 200 licences, each worth about $50,000 a year, to Chinese boats.

 

The economics of tuna fishing meant they could not make money without the subsidies, Southwick said. “It's not about making money, it's about positioning, getting as many boats into the Pacific as possible. When the time comes for quotas, and slicing up the cake, China will be able to say it has had 400 boats here.”

 

He said a subsidised fleet could keep fishing long after a normal commercial fleet would have had to give up. “The Chinese will fish until there is one tuna left in the ocean, and, since the Government is paying the bills, the fish won't stand a chance.”
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i have very little faith of any change
simple problem of there being a total lack of any leader of anynation inthe south pacific,that has balls.
All we can do is support Legasea and associates
lobby for exclusion of all foreign ships in nz waters,
 
 
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Happy to be a new supporter.....You look like our best shot.
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Thanks Derek
There is a plan. Get support. Do good things for people that fish.
Simple you would think.
Yellowfin are a hard nut to crack because all the action is outside NZ waters, but we have our allies. International fishing politics is a tough game but NZ Govt and science has respect and influence.
It ain’t  over yet.  LegaSea is our chance for a strong voice, but we have a great wall to
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Media Release from New Zealand Sport Fishing Council
Marlin off the Menu
New Zealand’s world class marlin fishery is threatened by rapidly increasing commercial longline fleet in the South Pacific.
Delegates at the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council AGM in Tutukaka, held 28th & 29th September urged consumers to not to buy marlin products and to tell retailers and restaurants to take it off the menu.
Marlin have been a recreational only fishery in NZ since 1988 when Japanese tuna vessels were banned from fishing in northern New Zealand, as their catch was linked to substantial declines in the sport and tourist fishery.
This encouraged New Zealand commercial boats to enter the lucrative tuna fishery, but they too were banned from landing marlin.
Last month South West Pacific striped marlin fish stocks were assessed as over fished by the scientific committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.
They recommended that the current conservation measure limiting commercial vessels targeting striped marlin be extended into tropical waters, where catch was rapidly increasing.
New Zealand has a world class recreational fishery for large striped marlin with 24 of 26 line class world records caught in our waters, including the heaviest of 224 kg.
While our striped marlin are large there are also less of them than in some tropical fishing grounds.
Charter boats and fishing clubs, who were attracting tourists and providing employment in small coastal ports, have been struggling in recent years.
Yellowfin tuna catch in New Zealand has collapsed since the last reasonable season in 2005.
This was once an abundant fishery with good catch rates especially in the Bay of Plenty.
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council and the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club support taking marlin off the menu as way of sending a clear message to businesses and the Government that anglers are serious about protecting this fishery.
Fishing and conservation groups in the USA have been successful in promoting the Billfish Conservation Act, which will ban the importation of marlin to mainland states and has been passed with clear majorities through the US Senate and Congress and now signed into law by President Obama.

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6 October 2012
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Cheers Matto
 
Great to connect with people that get what we are trying to do.
Could be a game changer if we get enough support.
 
We are having a LegaSea launch in Tauranga 14 Nov.  Contact Tim Taylor  [email protected] if you are interested.
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Hi John , just to let you know a few saltfly fishos got together last nite at "rod and reel" Heres a copy of a post from the flyflingers forum. As you say it's time for a game changer. The "light bulb" moment for me was realizing that the recreational interest to not reduce bag limits is not selfish because our ministry is likely to then give those concessions to commercial interests and we do not benefit the fish stocks due to bad practice and re-allocation. Having a look at what you guys are up to and the very "lean" operating style , your research and advocacy team and track record its damn impressive. There is a bubble of optimism amoung Hauraki gulf snapper fishers at the moment because we are enjoying the ability to " go catch a feed " but put in context of how far below the biomass  is from target and the pressures on the fishery , it really is our kids and their kids we need act for. 20 bucks why would'nt you !Thumbs Up
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Cheers for that Matto
Yes the Hauraki Gulf is an amazing asset for fishers.
The next 12 months going to be critical in shaping how it will be managed in the future. 
The new Rec Harvest estimates and the final Snapper stock assessment will probably trigger a management review in 2013.  The way the Minister handles that could shape the future of many other inshore fisheries.  What to do when a rebuild Starts to happen ?
 
Next week we will be sending out a LegaSea update to all our supports.  It will include a Policy for Snapper in area 1 which will guide us though the next few years.
 
Thanks for saltfly fishos support.
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I have donated and I look forward to them stopping the nonsense like that shown on Carls Gill Netting thread.
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Thanks Mike.  Wheels are in motion.
Exactly the type of issue that needs a strong, coordinated response.
We think Legasea is the best shot of having the people and resources to fight fires like this.
 
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I hope its ok to post their latest newsletter here for greater exposure...
 

LegaSea Report

26th October, 2012

Prepared for the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council club delegates for Zone meetings and Management Committee meeting, November 2012.

Prepared by Scott Macindoe – Project Manager

 

Structure and finances

LegaSea was launched in February 2012. For the first 5 months LegaSea finances have been processed through the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council. As of July 1st the finances of the project have been separated from the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council with a much clearer set of expectations and undertakings in place. These changes came about as a result of excellent advice from our auditor, secretary/Executive Officer and Patron. These experienced people provided invaluable insight - clarity that now sets LegaSea off on a strong footing. The decisions were made at the Management Committee meeting at Tutukaka on 27th September and retrospectively implemented.

 

Commencing 1st July 2012, LegaSea Ltd will deal with all financing and administration of LegaSea money matters. LegaSea Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Council. The Directors of LegaSea Ltd are Mark Connor and Peter Campbell. LegaSea Ltd is being underwritten by Scott Macindoe with no liability falling on Council at any time. Repayment of on-going underwriting (as required) is entirely dependent upon our success in raising monies from sponsor and establishment donors.

 

The five months of activity to year end 30th June that were processed through the NZSFC accounts resulted in a small deficit. However, after the inventory had been sold to LegaSea Ltd at a modest profit and the remaining underwrite monies repaid to Scott Macindoe a small surplus remains for that ‘launch’ phase. LegaSea has now been cleared from the Council Balance Sheet. I want to again thank all involved here – a vertical learning curve and lots of lessons learnt. We are wiser for this experience.

 

How does it work now? The $20 contributions that people make to LegaSea are receipted and deposited into the account of LegaSea Ltd. At the end of each month, 66% of these contributions are transferred to the NZSFC account as an ‘interim distribution’. The balance, 33%, is retained to help fund the establishment and running costs of the project.

 

Our target for year 1 (ending 30/6/2013) is to earn contributions from 3000 people and distribute $40,000 to the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council where the Management Committee will ensure it is carefully and wisely invested in the Advocacy, Research, Education and working TOGETHER work streams.

 

Our goal for year 2 is 5,000 people contributing with a ‘final distribution’ to Council of at least another 15% - i.e.  a total distribution of 80% of the $20 contributed by people - $80,000. We are determined to better these goals. We believe they are very conservative.

 

Other revenue streams being developed will fund the establishment and running costs of LegaSea. These being

·         the Gold, Silver, Bronze Sponsorship program for founding sponsors,

·         merchandise sales,

·         royalties on LegaSea branded product,

·         LegaSea ‘Point of Sale’ host generated monies (loose change boxes),

·         grant applications and

·         other support from businesses and clubs.

 

We are working up a budget for the establishment and running costs. Whilst we are determined to keep it lean, we understand the fundamental need to survey our databases.  Quality collateral in large quantities costs big money. If the Point of Sale Host program takes off (which it looks like doing) we will be up for considerable capital requirements (about $80 each once all costs added up, including plastic, paper, freight, web profiling and formatting). Good people committing to contractor roles require good remuneration. This budget will be complete for the January Zone considerations and Management Committee meeting.

 

People

The Project Manager (interim) is Scott Macindoe whose primary role is to coordinate the following contractors and team leaders

·         Trish Rea (marketing, reporting, web site and public awareness)

·         Tim Taylor (Event coordination/organisation, contributor follow up and Point of Sale Agent)

·         Joe Dennehy (Corporate sponsorship promotion)

·         Steve Sangster (accounting and administration)

·         Lindsay Gregory (internet and data base)

·         Adam El-Agez (social media)

·         Alan Dempsey of Amex Custom Prints and Carrie Seal (merchandise program)

 

We are blessed and enabled by a team of volunteers committed to the LegaSea project. Their roles include social media, fishing.net forums, Boat Show and tournament attendances, boat ramp and marina attendances, recruitment and servicing of Point of Sale hosts, the hosts themselves and general brains trust/think tank input.

 

Role definitions and opportunities to harness help become clearer every day. One of the real frustrations of the last decade has been how to harness and deploy the good energy and time of willing and able volunteers. Now that we have some quality collateral and positive, unifying messaging we have the opportunity to effectively direct these volunteers and enable them. This serves to both increase public awareness and identify people who could potentially fulfil further expanded roles within LegaSea. 

 

Some quick stats for October

·         Over 200 people have contributed $20 this month. All have been called or emailed and thanked and further engaged. This results in much goodwill and positive feedback – good numbers of Skipper Packs are despatched

·         Merchandise sales exceed $2,000

·         Our first Silver sponsor (Thompson Walker) has come through with their payment ($4,000 plus GST)

·         6 other businesses have committed to a variety of sponsorships.

·         Facebook page has achieved 1300 ‘likes’

·         Website content has more than doubled

 

Public awareness

·         Matt Watson on the ITM Fishing Show ended his episode on the 20th October with a play of the video “The price of fishing” which has been on the LegaSea website since February – 50 people had signed up by the end of the evening. Contributions still coming in every day. This will replay next year. Furthermore, Matt has another message in preparation that is very direct. Interestingly, only one message left on the 0800 LEGASEA phone number – everyone else just went online and did the business – magic!

·         Again, Matt Watson – Matt’s open letter to the public hit the mark through Fishing News and the ITM newsletter that reaches many builders throughout the country. This sort of straight up the guts support and endorsement is priceless – kia kaha Matt

·         Fishing News and Bay Fisher – solid and consistent support. A reassuring surge of people attributing Fishing News since the November edition was delivered on October 22nd

·         The LegaSea Spring report was sent out to contributors on 24th October – aiming to repeat this every 90 days - http://www.legasea.co.nz/report1.htm

·         Early November sees us send out our first ‘recommit’ email to LegaSea contributors who signed up last year – this is new territory requiring lots of thought and planning. Whilst only targeting a relatively small group of people it will be a real test. Our plan is to send 4 Reports out per annum followed by a Recommitment message to about 25% of the data base. The thinking behind this is to spread out the all-important follow up work evenly across the year. When we ask people to go again, we will also be asking them to bring aboard their partner and or family – and or a mate. Ask and ye shall receive!

·         The Tauranga launch event is on track for Wednesday 14th November at Tauranga Sport Fishing Club, 5.00 pm

·         Tim Taylor is doing good work in his Event coordination role with several attendances (Coromandel Kayak Fishing Contest, Bucklands Beach Take a Kid Fishing event, Tauranga Sport Fishing Club Rick Pollock evening – thanks to Grant Holley) – hard won support, well earned – thanks Tim – this groundwork will pay off well as we bring the LegaSea brand to life – if you have an event that would benefit from a LegaSea attendance please call Tim on 027 6689904

·         Thank you to Counties, Wairarapa and Browns Bay clubs for invitations to address their AGMs – also to Tauranga for opportunity to address Prize Giving

·         The social media team have delivered substantial gains in ‘reach’ and online presence. The LegaSea facebook page is achieving traction and results – we are experimenting with campaign behaviours – go there and click on the weirdo holding the brick – earn a dollar for LegaSea here by adding your like - http://www.facebook.com/LegaSea .Thank you to Adam El-Agez and Ian Wills who bring fresh eyes and big picture perspectives to this vitally important aspect of our program.

·         www.fishing.net.nz  – John H (Holdsworth) is doing an outstanding job here - http://www.fishing.net.nz/asp_forums/legasea_topic75626_page4.html  - we don’t know how lucky we are to have such uncompromising, clear thinking and staunch advocacy. Whenever we see John H on the move we know we are in safe hands. Thanks to this consistent ‘voice of reason’ LegaSea and New Zealand Sport Fishing Council are securing a solid support base with keen forum members. Grant Blair offers good advice and years of experience

·         The www.LegaSea.co.nz  website has had extensive work done – check it out please – click on any of the tabs at the top and be very, very surprised and delighted – thank you Trish Rea

·         LegaSea host program - http://www.legasea.co.nz/find-a-host.php  - another 25 hosts have agreed to take on the Point of Sale counter stand and brochures in October. We now have 80 stands in place with a further 100 on order. Cambrian Plastics Ltd are a most welcome discovery out in Henderson – so refreshing to find New Zealand manufacturers so generous and keen. 14 people have completed brochures this month and sent them back in the mail with cheque or credit card details. If you know anyone who would either like to Host a stand or become a LegaSea agent and promote the program in their district, please call Trish on 0800 LEGASEA (534 273). This is a satisfying task – ask Craig Smith of Tutukaka – he took it upon himself to cover Whangarei district plus Dargaville – wow, over 20 hosts brought up to speed and now starting to hum – he welcomes your call on 09 4373384

·         Discussions are happening with several clubs that are not affiliated and see a need to contribute.

·         Merchandise – starting to see the shirt when out and about. At Labour weekend Scott attended the Mulberry Grove Primary School 50th Anniversary celebrations. At the Barrier Social Club that evening there were four people wearing the shirt – looked good, felt good. Lots of enquiry and support – young people really getting fired up. They are pissed off with the state of play and are looking for a rallying point. Great to see the staff at Tutukaka proudly wearing their LegaSea shirts during the NZSFC AGM – bring a tear to a glass eye – didn’t they look sharp.

 

Our processes and procedures are being well tested and ironed out. The collateral and message continues to evolve. The brand is becoming known and trusted – people are excited.

 

We welcome any questions or invitations to send more info or attend club evenings to further explain LegaSea.

 

It is a privilege to serve the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council – an organisation that believes in best practise process, maintains discipline and authentic structure, practices careful consideration of matters and delivers solid, well founded outcomes and decisions. Representing people is not a responsibility taken lightly by this Council – it is uplifting to be able to promote the Council efforts to the public and receive warm appreciation and endorsement from a very wide range of people – many of whom don’t even fish!

 

Your confidence and faith is much appreciated

 

Mauri ora

 

Scott Macindoe

 

 

 

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