Story: Freshwater fish

The last grayling

The last grayling

This is the last known record of fishing for the now-extinct grayling, on the Waiapu River on the East Coast in March 1923. The men are using a hīnaki (trap), which is weighed down with a rock. A net leads from stakes to the hīnaki, and rocks and mānuka brush form the walls that guide the grayling into the trap. On this occasion they took 30–40 fish. Māori knew grayling by many names, the most common being upokororo.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Ramsden Papers
Reference: 1/2-037936; F
Photograph by James Ingram McDonald

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Bob McDowall, 'Freshwater fish - Shy species, seldom seen', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2022)

Story by Bob McDowall, published 24 Sep 2007