Traditional seafood harvesting is an intrinsic part of Kaikōura's DNA but since the 2016 quake gathering of shellfish and seaweed has been prohibited.

Since the earthquake, there's been a ban on the gathering of shellfish and seaweed from Marfells Beach all the way to the Conway River. 

The Ministry of Primary Industries has provided an update on the state of the marine life in the area.

Locals who attended the MPI's meeting last say that while they understand why the ban is needed, they're frustrated to have lost their rights to gather a kai. 

Experts say it's unclear how long the ban will need to be in place, but it will be a while. 

For now, locals will have to continue going outside the area to gather a feed of seafood which is hard for the seaside community.