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What does Fish Forever do?

We promote and support marine protection initiatives within, near and beyond New Zealand's Bay of Islands.
We meet the last Thursday of every month in Paihia and welcome new members.
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Maunganui Bay / Deep Water Cove Rahui!

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Reversing the decline

troubleThe Bay of Islands sparkles on the surface, but underneath life is in trouble. The teeming marine life that greeted past generations is now a shadow of its former self. There are many things we can do to reverse the decline. Let's all make changes on the water and on land that will help to rebuild what we love. Future generations must be able to enjoy Tangaroa's abundance. [Read more...]


 Some of the marine protection tools that can start to reverse the decline:

No-take areas deliver

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Like we are already beginning to see in the Maunganui Bay rahui, no-take areas are the quickest way to enable marine life to thrive - for recovery, spillover, education, science, tourism and a fantastic snorkelling exprience! [Read more...]

No-take areas boost reproduction

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New research confirms adult snapper in the Leigh Marine Reserve boost snapper abundance in surrounding waters. This small marine reserve is punching well above its weight, contributing 10% of juvenile snapper between the Hen and Chicks and Whangaparoa.  [Read more...]

Kaitiakitanga

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Hapu can lead they way using tools in the Customary Fisheries Legislation to rebuild local fish stocks. Ngati Kuta and Patukeha have done this well with the Maunganui Bay Rahui. Ngā Hapū o Taiamai ki Te Marangi established the 20 sq km Te Puna Mātaitai which excludes commercial fishing. We look forward to the kaitiaki setting bylaws to manage the recreational fishing in this area. [Read more...]

 

Manage for more fish

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Let’s choose to manage our fisheries to have more fish in the sea. Historically NZ's fisheries management decisions have been based on trying to keep fish stocks at just 20% of natural abundance. Managing for 50% natural abundance would mean more fish, bigger fish. [Read more...]

Voluntary fishing accord

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Our ever increasing population and technology has put enormous pressure on fish stocks in the Bay of Islands. This is our new reality.  Here's some simple actions all of us who fish can take to conserve our stocks. [Read more...]

Dolphins in distress!

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We're loving them to death! In the Bay of Islands 75% of calves die before reaching adulthood... [Read more...]

Sedimentation is a killer

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Things we do on land affects the amount of fish in the sea. Loss of sediment-trapping wetlands means 500,000 tonnes of silt surges down our rivers and out into the Bay of Islands each year. It's a silent killer smothering shellfish beds and kelp forests, and turning rock seabeds to mud. [Read more...]

Keep marine pests out

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Like possums and stoats on land, marine pests have huge potential to wreak havoc on our native marine life. Let's keep them out of the Bay of Islands! [Read more...]

 

 
Good reads:

 

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know where you can dump

 

 

Teenager copyWe need a network of no-take marine sanctuaries to let parts of the Bay of Islands return to their natural state. We need them for scientific study - to provide a baseline for monitoring human impact. We need them to allow our children to learn what untouched waters are like. We need them to continue fishing for recreation and food. We need them to ensure our waters contribute to the local economy as a life-filled asset, not a dead sea.

It It is proven that no-take zones can protect and replenish marine biodiversity. We need to preserve biodiversity because that is the recipe for a healthy ecosystem and for a strong food chain. If the food chain is intact, then each species - from shrimp to snapper; from kelp to kingfish - coexists. Numbers come in to natural balance and we have a wide range of marine life to enjoy, to study and to gather for food.

If we take too much of the top predators - in the case of our reefs, snapper and crayfish - the balance is upset, the multiplicity of marine life dwindles, fish numbers fall further still. And the clock is ticking...whether we like it or not, this is all happening in our back yard. There are multiple factors involved, all of which need to be addressed, including how our fisheries are managed, catch limits, seasonal changes etc. but the first, crucial step is to establish some no-take zones in the Bay. Before it's too late.

And this is where Fish Forever comes in. 

Fish Forever is a community-initiated and community-led campaign that operates as part of the Bay of Islands Maritime Park Incorporated Society with the objective to protect approximately 10% of the enclosed waters of the Bay of Islands as a network of no-take marine sanctuaries.

Once the government's commitment to supporting the establishment of a network of marine protected areas around the country was abolished in 2009, it was evident that communities would have to do the work themselves. Fish Forever emerged out of the community's desire to do just that and the consultation process began in the winter of 2010 to ensure everyone with an interest in the Bay of Islands could have their say about the future.

You can find more about the history of the campaign and also meet some of Fish Forever team.

Latest news

Wrecked Reefs by John Booth - Russell Review Article

Just where does the buck stop for shallow-reef kelp loss in the Bay of Islands? It has crept up on us. The process has been slow and steady –…

Bay of Islands Recreational Fishing Report - John Booth

Recreational fishing in the Bay of Islands: intense pressure contributes to stress on fishstocks and to local ecological degradation. By John Booth,…

Kina and their effect on algal communities in the Bay of Islands

Rocky shores around New Zealand have areas in water depths of between about three to eleven metres where there is little (and sometimes no) kelp. In…

Maunganui Bay rahui rolled for a further two years!

A huge thank you to Ngati Kuta and Patukeha hapu for intitiating and extending this rahui. The area has now been protected since 2010. The Ministry…

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nudi spongeAll of us with an interest and love of Tangaroa, let's work together and take on the challenge of marine protection for the Bay.

Annual Membership Rates:
Student/concession - $15.00
Affiliate (please name organistation) - $15.00
Individual - $25.00
Family - $35.00

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