Coastguard is being forced to rely more heavily on public donations.
The organisation's had its Government funding cut by over a million dollars for the next three years.
Coastguard CEO Patrick Holmes says the cut comes despite being told they're a well-run and well-organised group.
"It is a bit of a kick in the guts when we find that that money has been cut back and the reason given is that we're an efficient, well-run organisation and other organisations need to invest in their infrastructure and systems more than we do."
Mr Holmes says crews are all volunteer, but their costs come from training staff and the upkeep of Coastguard vessels.
"What it means is for the next three years we just have to work harder, and we have to make our money go just that bit further."
Patrick Holmes says Coastguard's going to have to rely on public donations to help keep the organisation afloat.