The Guardians of the Sea Charitable Trust

Ngā Kaitaki mo Tangaroa

As an island nation, a connection with the ocean is an intrinsic part of what it means to be a New Zealander. We rely on it for nourishment, for recreation and for a strong economy. It’s where memories are made, where friendships are strengthened and where families source food for their table, together.

It’s in our blood – and we’d like to keep it that way.

Which is why we treat kaitiakitanga, or guardianship, of our waters not only as a responsibility, but as a privilege. In doing so, we envisage a future with healthy, sustainable fisheries, where the ocean and its bounty can continue to benefit all New Zealanders.

We believe that through education and public awareness, more fish in the water is an attainable outcome. Through supporting innovation and best management practice, it’s our aim to provide a legacy so that future generations can continue to embrace sustainable fishing as a treasured feature of the Kiwi lifestyle.

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A child fishing for snapper in New Zealand.

Your donation does make a difference – not just today, but for generations to come.

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A better future has to start today

We believe that doing right by the ocean is not a choice – it’s the only way forward. Complacency has no place in ensuring that future generations inherit a world that they can continue to enjoy and prosper from in the same way that those before them have.

Skilled stewardship

Father and son fishing

With the sharing of knowledge, we aim to lead and inspire others in embracing the values of kaitiakitanga.

Protecting our fisheries

Through shared responsibility and accountability, we can collectively maintain sustainable practices for the benefit of all.

Community focus

Together we can make a difference and ensure that NZ leads the way in maintaining healthy, sustainable fisheries today, and tomorrow.

Support a proud future of fishing in NZ


Support a proud future of fishing in NZ