Whitianga anglers talk seabirds & fishing

A simple 'super soaker' sprayed on the water next to birds can scare them long enough to get hooks in and out of the water.

Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club members and local community heard from Southern Seabirds liaison officer Cam Speedy about how small changes to the way we fish can have positive outcomes for our seabird species.


Seabird smart fishing is an attitude not one specific action - that was the take home message from a recent presentation by Cam Speedy at the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club.  

Cam talked about the ecology of local seabirds and the really positive impact anglers can have on board their boats by taking simple steps to avoid attracting and catching seabirds. Over 40 people turned out including local anglers, commercial fishers, the local vet and school teacher.  

Tony Fox, Club Manager, said that "the feedback from the evening has been fantastic" and that there would be many willing volunteers in any Southern Seabirds project to help work with recreational anglers and seabirds.Tony also acknowledged Adam Clow a local commercial fisherman who helped organise the event and is a proactive advocate for seabird smart fishing. 

Contact us if you would like Southern Seabird Solutions to come and talk with your fishing club and local community.

Image taken by Brent Trail from Surveying Services Limited