30 Jul 2021

Kāpiti community reeling at proposal to increase snapper fishing

From Checkpoint, 5:43 pm on 30 July 2021

A community on the North Island's west coast is reeling against proposals to ramp up snapper fishing in the area.

Following a complete depletion of snapper in the area at the beginning of the millennium, stock levels have rejuvenated, and now MPI wants to increase catch by as much as 133 percent.

But people living on the Kāpiti Coast - including fishers, mana whenua, scientists and environmentalists - say the proposals could cause huge damage to fish stocks and the environment.

Our reporter Harry Lock and cameraman Samuel Rillstone went to see them.