Land Based Fishing

From 2017 – 2021, 38 land-based fishers lost their lives and 10 of these were in Auckland.

Rock-based Fishing


The West Coast Rock-based fishing project has seen a decline of drowning while fishing off Auckland’s west coast. Read the 2022 Rock Fishing Report.


Learn how to stay safe with our rock fishing e-learning module

Crab Fishing

In recent years three Asian men have drowned crab fishing in Northland beaches making it one of the highest, at-risk for drowning activities for the Asian community. On-quarter (26%) of all New Zealand drownings from 2017 – 2021 were categorised as Asian or ‘Other’ (not NZ European, Māori or Pasifika). In Auckland that percentage rose to 38%, over one-third of all drowning in Auckland.

Net Fishing

In October 2011, five Auckland Pacific Island men lost their lives in three net fishing related incidents within the space of two weeks. Nationally, Pasifika are overrepresented in the drowning statistics with the ethnic group making up 10.3% of New Zealand’s drowning statistics over a five-year period (2015-2019) whilst only accounting for 7% of New Zealand’s population. In the Auckland region, Pacific people account for 13% of the population, but are over-represented making up one-fifth (20%) of Auckland’s drownings from 2017-2021.

Land Based Fishing Safety Videos (multiple languages)

Harry Aonga
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