Land Based Fishing
From 2016 – 2020, 25 fishers lost their lives and 8 of these were in Auckland.
The West Coast Rock-based fishing project has seen a decline of drowning while fishing off Auckland’s west coast. Read the 2020 Rock Fishing Report.
Learn how to stay safe with our rock fishing e-learning module
Over the last four 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. One fifth (20%) of all New Zealand drownings from 2012 – 2016 were categorised as Asian or ‘Other’ (not NZ European, Maori or Pasifika). In Auckland that percentage rose to 34%, a relatively high proportion of drowning, therefore requiring interventions focused on drowning prevention.
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, and are again over-represented making up one-quarter (26%) of Auckland’s drownings from 2016-2020.