Ward Beach Crayfishing Boat Rockhopper Launched with Bulldozer, Marlborough, NZ
Crayfishing vessel the Rockhopper being launched with the aid of a bulldozer at Marlborough’s Ward Beach. This location is 90 km north-east of Kaikoura. The coastline is rocky and difficult to access. There is good small boat and kayak fishing by launching into the Flaxmere River provided sea conditions are calm enough. The area is well known for paua, crayfish (rock lobster), blue moki, blue cod, and many other species. Diving and shore fishing (surfcasting) are also popular at Ward Beach. It is probably fair to say that the reef directly in front of the carpark gets a hammering from divers.
Earthquake 2016 and its effects at Ward Beach
Following the 2016 earthquake, the seabed has risen markedly at Ward Beach. This has seriously impacted the commercial fishing operation. In my opinion, the fishing company should have been permitted to take reasonable steps to continue their business without bureaucratic interference especially given their long history at the site and the considerable extra risk, cost, and time that it would take to fish this coast for crayfish operating out of Kaikoura. You can read more about this on Stuff.co.nz in this article. Environment Court refuses to amend crayfish company’s injunction order, by Jennifer Eder. Last updated 13:07, 25 March 2018