Bream Bay man Eric Hansen is a voluntary fisheries officer. He writes about the work of many volunteers who are helping protect Northland's fish and shellfish resource.

It's an unpaid voluntary role, but honorary fishery officers play an important part in patrolling Northland's coastline and helping preserve our fisheries.

Honorary fishery officers (HFOs) form another group of dedicated New Zealanders who volunteer their time in the service of their communities. They are volunteer warranted officers who work alongside full-time Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) fishery officers, helping recreational fishers understand rules and regulations. They provide an important community service through