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NZ Freshwater Fish Database Help

Search and download data

Access to NZFFD data is freely available and users can search the NZFFD to return all records, or to return records for specific river catchments, areas, years, species and fishing methods.

Go to the NZFFD search page 

Contribute data to the NZFFD

To store and contribute data to the NZFFD you first need to register with the Database. After you have registered and logged in, you can directly enter your own data into the Database. All the information you submit will then be inspected by an NZFFD administrator to check for any errors before it goes live in the NZFFD server.

Go to the NZFFD login page 

Access Data (through GBIF) and Cite the NZFFD

The Data is delivered as public data, consistent with NIWA's public data access strategy

The NZFFD data is provided to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

As part of NIWA's Freshwater Biodata Archive, the data is delivered as darwin core archive:

The data is also available through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF):
Go to the NZFFD GBIF page


Creative Commons License The NIWA New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 New Zealand License 2012.

Licence conditions mean users must give appropriate credit to NIWA, and may not use the material for commercial purposes.


Crow S (2017). New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database. Version 1.2. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Occurrence Dataset 


Hints and tips for downloading and uploading data

We have prepared a list of tips to help you upload and download data to the NZFFD. This webpage helps guide you through all the steps associated with the NZFFD and covers suggestions for displaying NZFFD data on a map. You can also download a hardcopy of these hints and tips along with an example of a form you can use to record your sampling data.

Go to the Hint and Tips page 

Guidelines for sampling freshwater fisheries

We have prepared a breakdown of the different guidelines that are available for sampling freshwater fisheries. The overview provides links to key documents that explain what should be considered when designing fish monitoring studies and how to implement the various sampling techniques.

Read about available guidelines for sampling freshwater fisheries

Identifying New Zealand fishes

We have a series of identification guides available to help you identify New Zealand fishes. This series of webpages provides a range of taxonomic keys and field guides for identifying each species (and some life stages) both in the field and in the laboratory. We have simple quick-guides available for use in the field that help you identify the major taxonomic groups of freshwater fishes in New Zealand. We also have more detailed taxonomic keys available.

Go to the freshwater fish species identification guides

Find out more about New Zealand freshwater fishes

NIWA has a series of information available on freshwater fishes called the NIWA atlas of NZ freshwater fishes. These webpages provide an overview of the freshwater fishes found in New Zealand. There are fact sheets available for each species that contain basic biological and taxonomic information along with maps of their known, and expected (i.e. modelled) geographic distributions. A plot of the known distribution relative to the distance upriver and altitude is provided to illustrate where species can be expected to occur.

Go to the NIWA atlas of NZ Freshwater Fishes 

Additional resources and contact information

If you have any further questions about using the NZFFD or freshwater fish that are not covered above then you can email your questions to the Freshwater Database administrator, contact details below.

If you would like to download a copy of the New Zealand Catchment number directory you can download this document. 

Download the catchment number directory (DOC 609 KB)