Rock fishing is one of New Zealand’s most popular but dangerous recreational activities. Fishers continue to place themselves at risk on Auckland’s rugged and unpredictable west coast by failing to heed simple safety advice that could save their life. WaterSafe Auckland, Surf Life Saving Northern Region and Auckland Council work together to implement the West Coast Rock Fishing Safety Project, in place since five lives were lost in 2005. This project has made significant impact, not only reducing the number of drownings but influencing behaviour change. There are a number of actions you can take to keep yourself safer while rock fishing. While any one of them may increase your level of safety, using all the actions together will provide you the most protection.
Watch Mariposa Mariner’s story of survival, from “There Will Be Another Day” Pacific water safety DVD.
Watch Asia Downunder’s ‘Lifeline to Safety’ video on YouTube
Watch other videos in our Gallery.
West Coast Rock Fishing Safety Project Research and Reports