Posts tagged with fishing

Ou taka kofea?| Where are your sandals?

Model Fishing Net (Flying Fish Net), Tuvalu. Gift of L Geursen, 1991. Te Papa

This week to celebrate Tuvalu language week 2014 we have shared a few highlights from our collection on Instagram including a pair of taka (reef sandals). In Tuvalu taka were more than a fashion statement, for some they were a necessity. Tuvalu is a low-lying island group made up of four reef islands and five true atolls. The… Read more »

The amazing longfin eel

A longfin eel.  This female hasn't bred yet, and she will do so only once, after swimming to somewhere between New Caledonia and Fiji.  Photo (c) Alton Perrie.

This week the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment released a report on the status and management of the longfin eel. It was entitled “On a pathway to extinction?” The report found that the management of longfin eels by New Zealand government agencies was inadequate and failing. It further recommended the cessation of commercial fishing of… Read more »

Fish and birds in Tokyo

Meeting of specialist on bycatch of seabirds, sharks and turtles at the CCSBT Working Group in Tokyo on 28 - 30 March 2012, at which New Zealand scientists, including Te Papa researchers were participants. Photo: Susan Waugh

Work at the fisheries Convention on the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna meeting on bycatch and ecological effects of fishing has progressed in Tokyo in March. The group met to consider ways of reducing seabird, turtle and shark bycatch in fishing for southern bluefin tuna around the southern Ocean. Albatross and petrel bycatch remains a… Read more »

Matau: traditional hooks, innovative design

  • Composite hook. Oldman Collection. Copyright Te Papa. OL000105
  • Hei Matau. Copyright Te Papa. ME015518
  • Pä kahawai. Copyright Te Papa. ME013868
  • Bone matau. Copyright Te Papa. ME009305

An exhibition of Mäori fish-hooks (matau) made from wood, bone, stone, and shell opens at Te Papa on Saturday December 4th. While early European explorers considered these fish-hooks to be ‘ill-made’ and ‘of doubtful efficacy’, research has shown that the design was highly effective. Unlike modern steel hooks, the Mäori hooks were attached with fishing… Read more »

2 days left to opening…

Almost there and I was rapt to get the finalised event programme for this weekend’s opening. Our events team have done an amazing job – balancing hard science with fun, informative events for all. Dr Steve O’Shea is back in the house talking about the importance of our specimen to the science world with TV3’s fishing… Read more »

Colossal Squid versus Toothfish

John Bennetts' Captain's Blog

Check out John Bennet’s Captain’s Blog to see the damage that colossal squid do to toothfish! Watch out if you’re sqeamish – it’s pretty disturbing stuff! While fishing for toothfish off Antartica, the crew often see evidence of the struggle between these two species. Sometimes toothfish have gaping holes from being nibbled by the colossal… Read more »

Message from Mark in the tank

I’m the bald guy on the Squid Cam – just out of the tank for a bit! Thanks for you comments. It’s a real balancing act when you want to protect sea life but also want to find out about it. It is sad that the squid died but it’s up to us to use… Read more »

Dolphin dangers

Marine mammals and the fishing industry don’t always mix well. Yesterday the Department of Conservation released horrifying photos of dolphins caught by fishing trawlers in December off the west coast of the North Island. Yes, most commercial fishing companies are following the rules and will stop fishing as soon as they see there are dolphins around but something needs to… Read more »