Coastwatch returns for a new series, following the men and women who patrol and protect New Zealand’s precious waterways – the Ministry of Fisheries, the Maritime Police, the Coastguard, and also the Navy, the Air Force and the police dive squad. Illegal fish and shellfish poaching is still a major concern. In this series, fishery officers carry out busts on paua poachers in Wellington and Poverty Bay; they catch fishermen selling mullet illegally on the streets of South Auckland and find a stash of crayfish hidden deep in the bush in Fiordland. They join forces with the Navy to investigate hoki fishing off the West Coast, and fly to the Chatham Islands in an Air Force Orion to check on vessels suspected of illegally fishing for rock lobster. And around the coastline, they routinely catch fishers and gatherers taking excess cockles, kina and snapper. Meanwhile, the Maritime Police are busy on their Hauraki gulf beat, catching outboard motor thieves and searching a container ship for a dangerous fugitive, while the Coastguard goes to the rescue of sinking yachts and sick crew members. In Wellington, the police dive squad oversees the scuttling of a former navy frigate to become a world-class dive wreck. As always on Coastwatch, the stakes are high and the incidents are fraught with danger, confrontation and excitement.