Our Method

Pot Fishing

Transforming the Future.
Respecting the past.


With constant evolution comes necessary change.

After years of longlining with hooks, the Kawatea now employs a state of the art pot fishing method, allowing for the highest standards of sustainable harvesting.

Fishing Method

The Kawatea begins by deploying a flag pole and two buoys, marking the beginning of the set.

An anchor is then deployed, sending the mainline down to the seabed and setting the trajectory for the pots to follow.

Step 1

The pots are then attached to the mainline in a closed form. These are spaced every 50 metres, allowing the crew to safely manage the process of setting.

Step 2

As the pot leaves the vessel it begins to open, expanding completely by the time it hits the water. The pot then follows the mainline down to rest lightly on the seabed.

Protecting Sea Birds

Our pot fishing method has revolutionised the way we interact with seabirds, with the Kawatea using no bird mitigation devices such as lasers and tori lines.

During the process of both setting and hauling, we have harmed Zero seabirds.

Mammal Interaction

Unfortunately, Marine mammals are another group of species impacted by traditional fishing methods.

Our pots feature an entirely enclosed bait device, making it impossible for mammals to get close to and be harmed.

No Bycatch

Traditional fishing methods have always struggled with selective harvesting, impacting unwanted fish species in the process of targeting the one they want. Our pots are entirely selective, appealing only to the fish we target while harming none of the fish we don’t.

Minimal Disturbance to the Ocean Floor

Without our ocean floor habitats intact, fish populations suffer greatly. Unlike traditional fishing methods, our pots have minimal footprint on the seabed. Weighing only 7kg on land, when submerged our pots are almost weightless.

Less Stressed Fish

Unlike traditional fishing methods, all fish that we bring onboard are live. Protected within the pot and safe from outside elements, the result is a less stressed fish and ultimately an end product of the highest quality.


The Hinaki Waharua was a weaved pot used in rivers, lakes and estuaries by the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand.

A symbol of traditional knowledge and its effectiveness, the simplistic design allowed for the sustainable and controlled harvest of fish from fresh waterways.


The pots we utilise can be seen as a modern version of the Hinaki Waharua;

Fully collapsible, lightweight and strong, these pots allow us to sustainably harvest just like our ancestors did.

The difference of pot fishing

Reduction in bycatch vs hook fishing
Reduction of CO2 emissions
Threat to birds or mammals
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