Historical information indicates an increasing range of fish and invertebrates were exploited in these regions once commercial fisheries were established in the 1860s. Noticeable declines in abundance of easily exploited species occurred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries prior to the collection of fishery statistics. Until 1935, action to conserve fisheries was greatly impeded by a lack of consistently collected landings data. Similar studies of other regions would be beneficial.
AEBR 194 - Historical evidence for the state and exploitation of the marine fish and invertebrate resources in the Hauraki Gulf and along the Otago-Catlins shelf 1769-1950
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