These young crayfish were taken illegally by a diver in 1980, and are pictured on the hand of a fisheries officer. In his haul of 14 crays, 11 were undersize. Illegal fishing and the taking of undersized specimens is a problem for many coastal fish stocks. At some places along the coast all fishing of certain species has been banned to allow populations to recover.
Using this item
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.