Story: Fishing industry

Removing ear bones

Removing ear bones

The otolith or ear bone of a fish can be measured to determine its age. The bone is cut into cross-sections and the growth rings, like those of a tree, are counted. Here, scientist David Banks removes an otolith from an orange roughy. The students in the background are being trained how to do this, as they are to work as scientific observers on fishing vessels.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/1494/7
Photograph by John Nicholson

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Carl Walrond, 'Fishing industry - The quota system – an evaluation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6365/removing-ear-bones (accessed 6 July 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006