A free presentation by Chris Paulin: “Fish-hooks and Fisheries”.
Presented as part of the Guardians of Kapiti Marine Reserve summer marine science lecture series, this free talk by marine biologist and author Chris Paulin titled “Fish-hooks and Fisheries: past and present reasons for marine reserves” will look at how traditional fishing methods changed over time as fishing stocks declined and will offer insights into how marine reserves are helping to reverse this decline.
Prior to European arrival in New Zealand the abundant fish stocks contributed up to 60% or more of Maori food resources. Changes to fish populations associated with ever increasing harvesting as a result of unlimited access to what was seen as an endless resource led to dramatic declines in fish populations around our coasts.
These declines, although significant, remained largely undocumented as the fish disappeared over the decades. In the absence of records, we can reconstruct a picture of the unexploited fishery through study of traditional fishing technology, anecdotal evidence and scientific fact. Despite opposition, the establishment of marine reserves around the world has resulted in many benefits, including increased recreational and commercial catches.
Chris Paulin is self-employed and specialises in natural history writing and photography, particularly macro photography.
"His experience with natural history and ethnological museum collections includes 37 years as a marine biology curator at the National Museum of New Zealand, where his research ranged from the taxonomy of New Zealand fishes to traditional Mäori fish-hooks and customary fishing techniques.
The results of these studies have been published over 60 scientific papers and has included descriptions of 17 species of fish new to science. In addition to his recent publication “Te Matau a Maui: fish-hooks, fishing and fisheries in New Zealand” he has published seven books on NZ marine biology and fishes." - (www.fishHookPublications.com)
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