Communities throughout the Central East Region have long fishing histories and close connections to the coast and sea.
The Central East region extends from Cape Runaway on the top of the East Cape to Titahi Bay north of Wellington on the west coast. Historically the region’s fisheries were an important source of food and recreation for early generations. Many in the region still carry on these traditions today.
As well as being valuable to locals, the region’s fisheries are enjoyed by visitors from across New Zealand and overseas. North Islanders, in particular, flock to the area over summer, drawn by the hot, sunny days, beaches and bountiful seafood.
The region also has a strong commercial fishing history and has nationally significant tarakihi, paua and rock lobster fisheries.
To find out about the region’s aquaculture, visit www.aquaculture.govt.nz