Fisheries

Balancing the sustainability of our fisheries stocks and the impacts of fishing on the environment with the economic opportunities they offer is an ongoing challenge.

Fisheries

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Hoki eggs reveal their secrets

Hoki is New Zealand's largest finfish fishery. Their eggs reveal a few secrets that surprise scientists.

Mark Fenwick - Catch of the day!

Marine ecology technician Mark Fenwick takes us onboard a fishing vessel for a day of catch sampling.

Richard O'Driscoll - Fisheries scientist

Richard O'Driscoll is principal scientist and the program leader for stock assessment and monitoring.

Science of the high seas

Ever wondered what fish is served in a Filet-o-Fish at MacDonald’s? It’s hoki. Fish fingers at the supermarket? Chances are, they’ll be hoki too.

Epic spiny red rock lobster

Sam Fraser-Baxter heads to the Wairarapa for one of New Zealand’s longest-running marine surveys – counting baby lobster.
This is an overview of the guidelines currently available about how to sample freshwater fishes in New Zealand.

To get the most benefit from a fish stock in the long term, we need to maximise our yield without damaging the fish population we rely on.

Robust science is critical to the sustainable use of New Zealand's significant marine and freshwater fisheries. New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is the fifth-largest in the world and home to over 16,000 marine species.

130 of those species are fished commercially, earning the country $1.5 billion in export receipts each year. Balancing the sustainability of our fisheries stocks and the impacts of fishing on the environment with the economic opportunities they offer is an ongoing challenge.