Men fish for kahawai at the mouth of the Rangitāiki River in the Bay of Plenty. Shoals of kahawai migrate annually from the sea to river mouths in the Bay of Plenty and the East Coast, and have always been an important food for Māori. Since commercial fishers began targeting kahawai in the 1980s, stocks have been seriously depleted. Recently recreational fishing representatives, including Māori groups, have spoken out against excessive commercial fishing of kahawai.
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