June 9, 2023

SURE Publication - LegaSea

Supporting Sustainability through LegaSea partnership

Supporting sustainability through LegaSea partnership

From in Crombie Lockwood's SURE publication November 2022 - original article

Crombie Lockwood has recently partnered with LegaSea, a non-for-profit marine conservation organisation that helps protect New Zealand’s marine environments and fisheries for generations to come.

LegaSea advocates for stronger fisheries management and runs educational and not-for-profit programmes that lead to more fish in the ocean. The organisation was established by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council in 2012 to elevate public awareness of the issues that affect recreational fishers.

Partnering to protect

Crombie Lockwood Sponsorship & Sustainability Manager, Cam Castle, says the partnership with LegaSea “is a great fit with our organisation’s kaupapa of protecting communities.”

It also continues a proud track record of partnering with other organisations to protect New Zealand’s native flora and fauna.

“Marine conservation is a natural fit with our existing conservation efforts, which already see us partnering with Save the Kiwi and Trees For Survival,” says Cam. “Our new partnership will benefit LegaSea directly, as well as LegaSea’s partner organisations.”

Dallas Abel of LegaSea says: “Our work is about keeping the public well informed about the state of our fisheries and promote solutions that can collectively address the problems they face. We’re thrilled Crombie Lockwood has come on board as a gold partner to help us work towards this.”

Insurance for Good

The partnership came to fruition through the Insurance for Good programme run by Raizor, a social enterprise established to create sustainable recurring donations for charities. Insurance for Good allows clients who take out new policies through Crombie Lockwood, referred by Raizor, to donate a portion of the brokerage fee to a charity of their choice – such as LegaSea.

Cam continues: “Through Insurance for Good, LegaSea's partners will be able to review their insurance with Crombie Lockwood, and we will donate 20% of our brokerage fee for any new policies to LegaSea.”

Dallas from LegaSea adds: “Our partners are going to get the best deal possible across a range of their commercial insurances. And LegaSea will benefit through the donation which will help us keep doing our work.”

One key LegaSea programme assisted through Insurance for Good donations is The Kai Ika Project – a collaboration between LegaSea, the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland (OBC), and Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae.

Reducing fish waste and feeding communities

The project brings communities together to share previously unwanted fish parts. This reduces waste and feeds the community, conserving fish for future generations by enabling 100% of all fish harvested to be used.

Dallas says: “Through The Kai Ika Project, we offer recreational fishers a filleting service at the OBC and on Westhaven's Z-Pier. They don't have to worry about the hassle of cutting their own fish.

"We recover fish heads and frames that were previously going to waste from commercial and recreational fishermen. We then distribute to different marae, church groups, community groups all throughout Auckland, who value these parts of the fish.

“Recently, we surpassed 250,000 kilograms of fish heads and frames that would otherwise be wasted, sent to landfill, turned into a low value fish meal, or dumped back in the ocean. We're really proud of that, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Crombie Lockwood to do even more.”

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