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  • Unsustainable fishing endangers species and their habitats.

  • Over one billion people depend on seafood as their primary source of protein.

  • 3/4 of fish stocked are fully fished or overfished.

  • 40% of the global catch consists of bycatch.


  • New Zealand waters harvests approx. 600,000 tonnes of seafood each year.

  • The seafood industry employs 13,000 full-time workers.

  • 97% of New Zealand's commercial catch is from sustainable stocks.


  • We only take a feed and leave some to breed.

  • We catch and release fish that are too small or are in low supply.

  • We impose a boat limit that ensures we keep a healthy fishery that still results in a good catch for our customers.

  • We are in favour of a traffic light system to protect our fishery from overfishing.


Traffic Light System

The South Island waters of NZ operate under a traffic light system. This system ensures that there are a healthy fishery rebuild and sustainability of certain species. The traffic light system also allows for our fish to be shared and enjoyed by everyone without endangering them. 

Under Fisheries New Zealand the Dunedin/Moeraki region operates under an ORANGE light. This means, beginning July 1st passengers can catch a maximum of 10 cod each, with all cod caught being a legal minimum size of 34cm. 

The good news is Ezifish Charters has been applying these guidelines in our day-to-day operations since our very first charter. We take the offerings by the sea seriously and ensure every passenger onboard understands how important it is to keep our fish thriving for our future generations to enjoy.

*From July 1st, 2020 all Blue Cod caught in Otago waters must be landed in a measurable state. Ezifish Charters will have limited onboard processing with onshore filleting upon request. 


It is our job to make sure we get you back to land without harm. For this to happen we need for you to follow the instruction of your skipper and crew if there is an emergency. Don’t worry, we have plenty of safety apparel onboard this vessel to put your mind at ease.

Please ask If you have any questions about this.


We, at Ezifish, aren’t just thinking about right now but thinking of your bellies in the future and children’s future. We believe in giving back to the sea with catch that is too small, sometimes too big and too many to make sure we are doing our bit to sustain our fishery and keep ourselves and many others in a job.


It may be your best mate fishing next to you or someone you have never met before, on this boat we are all one team, here to have fun and catch fish.

So, let’s be kind and respectful to one another, our ocean and your hard-working crew 😊

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