The Kai Ika Project
LegaSea is thrilled to announce Westhaven Marina's partnership in the Kai Ika project. This initiative seeks to reduce waste while providing fresh fish heads and frames for eager people in the community.
Many fishers pass through Westhaven and the local charter fleet have a throng of clientele bringing home their catch. By establishing a fish filleting station and facilities to chill and store the heads and frames, a valuable opportunity is created by those who may not have the time or inclination to fully utilise their whole catch.
Once processed, these parts are available for collection by the Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae in Mangere who have a community of people who relish what they consider to be the best parts of the fish to eat.
This arrangement has already been successfully operating with a local boating club, the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland. In recognition of its utilisation value, Kai Ika has been nominated as a finalist in the 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards – Transforming Food Category.
Westhaven Marina’s partnership in this successful project will open the doors to helping fishers utilise more of their catch by sharing it with members of the community. It also amplifies the important principle of sustainability. Everyone can play a part in living sustainably and the Kai Ika project fosters respect on three levels – respect for the fishery, respect for the community and lastly self-respect, feeling good about reducing waste while sharing kai moana with others.