It’s the scallops season. Or it is since the 1st of September, when spring took off for kiwi-minded people. Being involved with kiwi life, and with more and more kiwi friends on my environment, this has become a huge deal.
This weekend, every New Zealander that is a bit into fishing, has make a little bit of time for a small soak to get some scallops. It’s all in the culture of gathering and hunting, and do it your own. People are out there to get their daily ration of 20 units per head, which is a reasonable amount if you are sharing with someone. They are just lying in the bottom, not too deep, as our maximum depth was 5 meters!
As most of the houses in New Zealand have their own boat, people meet to go together, to finish the morning with a barbecue on the beach, enjoying the premiere of the spring and have some laughs with your friends.
Absolutely everyone respects the quota, and of course the size. Most of the people, leave a margin for sizing as well, and of course, never fishing on marine reserves. This is an example of sustainable fishing, and fishing for eating, well done New Zealand!
- Environment: Sandy bottom
- Maximum depth: 5 m, high tide
- Location: somewhere secret close to Waiheke Island
- Dive time: 30 minutes
- Minimum Deco, one safety stop at 3 m, Gas: 21%