Rig nursery grounds were defined and ranked from a review of existing information and a nationwide set net survey of 14 major harbours and estuaries in 2011. Kaipara and Raglan harbours were very important nurseries, followed by Waitemata, Tamaki and Porirua harbours. South Island harbours do not appear to be important rig nurseries. Juvenile snapper and grey mullet were frequent bycatch in North Island estuaries, and were most abundant in the same harbours as rig.
AEBR 95 Rig nursery grounds in New Zealand: a review and survey
Report - Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity (AEBR)
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