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Check the rules before you go!

Each area of New Zealand can have different rules and regulations for the marine species we catch. All divers who hunt and gather seafood should keep themselves up to date with the latest rules.

Help preserve our fish and shellfish stocks  by adopting sustainable fishing and gathering practices – check the catch limits in your area  and stick to them. Click here for the Ministry’s Recreational Fishing Rules.



Report poaching! Call the ministry hotline – 0800 4 POACHER

Controlled harvesting of the marine foods available to us is the only way to guarantee this resource will still be available for future generations that will follow us. The plundering and raping of this bounty should not be tolerated by any right thinking diver – if you see or know of poaching activities we encourage you to report such abuse.

Permanent link to this article: http://nzu.org.nz/diving-in-nz/environmental/

Blue Shark Tagging

Riley Elliott is gearing up for another season of Blue shark tagging in NZ waters. This summer, he is more prepare than ever thanks to the amazing tracks of last years sharks. Clear age/gender segregation has been observed, with mature males migrating north, nearly to the equator! As summer nears, and the East Australian/Auckland current …

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Catching crayfish

Capturing crayfish by hand It takes skill to capture a crayfish by hand without damaging it as you check to ensure it is legal. So what makes a crayfish illegal? Well for starters they cannot be in soft shell, have eggs, or be under the minimum size. Check Ministry of Fisheries web page for more …

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Crayfish and sustainability

To scuba divers the mere mention of the word crayfish has many going into some form of euphoria. The fact is, a lot of thought and consultation goes into managing New Zealand’s rock lobster fishery. Rock Lobster is the prime target species for recreational divers. It is also synonymous with restaurant diners both in New …

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Marine debris

The NZUA is an active advocate for keeping seas clean and, at this time of year, many scuba divers help out with underwater cleanups. The Project AWARE Trust is a worldwide organisation that supports cleanups and is one of the most active in collecting data which is then passed onto the Ocean Conservancy which holds the …

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shark finning

Shark finning

 August 2013 News Media Release on Shark finning NZSA Website:  www.sharkalliance.org.nz The New Zealand Underwater Association (NZUA) is full of praise at India’s decision to ban shark finning. The NZUA has spent many frustrating years trying to get New Zealand fishery to stop the practice of shark finning at sea and still the Ministry of …

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Scallops Scallops are bivalves; they have two hard shells and a soft body. They are benthic animals; they spend most of their time on the sea bottom. Scallops mostly stay in underwater grass beds on a soft, shallow sea floor. Scallops use jet propulsion to move; they quickly open and close their shells, squirting the …

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Support NZ Underwater

We Need Your Support Without the support of people like you, New Zealand Underwater cannot continue to do the fine work we currently do, representing not just divers and snorkelers, but representing the entire population of New Zealand in the goal to maintain, sustain, and develop awareness of the Marine Ecosystem.   Delicate Environment We …

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