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Author: Ian Steele

The Heart of Kiwi Coastal Life: Fishing, Community and Conservation

Fishers value the experience of fishing with friends and whanau, enjoying the ocean and the range of marine life it supports. It’s not just about what they can catch. It’s their sense of being, and often why they choose to live in coastal regions. Mental health and general wellness are a key reason why we seek solitude on the water. Alongside the positive impacts on our social wellbeing, recreational fishing financially benefits many New Zealand’s small coastal communities. The value of fishing to our community was highlighted in March when thousands of people poured into Whitianga for the...

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