Crombie Lockwood has partnered with LegaSea, a non-for-profit marine conservation organisation that seeks to protect New Zealand’s marine environments and fisheries.
LegaSea, which was established by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council in 2012, advocates for stronger fisheries management and runs educational and not-for-profit programmes that lead to more fish in the ocean.
According to Crombie Lockwood, the partnership came about through the Insurance for Good programme run by Raizor, a social enterprise that facilitates recurring donations for charities. Insurance for Good allows clients who take out new policies through Crombie Lockwood, referred by Raizor, to donate a portion of the brokerage fee to a charity of their choice – such as LegaSea.
“Through Insurance for Good, LegaSea's partners will be able to review their insurance with Crombie Lockwood, and we will donate 20% of our brokerage fee for any new policies to LegaSea,” said Cam Castle, Crombie Lockwood’s sponsorship and sustainability manager.
One LegaSea programme funded by Insurance for Good donations is The Kai Ika Project – a collaboration between LegaSea, the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland (OBC), and Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae.
The project seeks to reduce waste and feed communities through sharing previously unwanted fish parts. By allowing 100% of all fish harvested to be used, it helps conserve fish for future generations.
“Through The Kai Ika Project, we offer recreational fishers a filleting service at the OBC and on Westhaven's Z-Pier,” said Dallas Abel of LegaSea. “They don't have to worry about the hassle of cutting their own fish. We recover fish heads and frames that were previously going to waste from commercial and recreational fishermen. We then distribute to different marae, church groups, community groups all throughout Auckland, who value these parts of the fish.”
According to Abel, the project has recently surpassed 250,000 kg of fish heads and frames that would otherwise be wasted.
“Marine conservation is a natural fit with our existing conservation efforts, which already see us partnering with Save the Kiwi and Trees For Survival,” Castle said. “Our new partnership will benefit LegaSea directly, as well as LegaSea’s partner organisations.”