Story: Octopus and squid

Japanese squid boats

Japanese squid boats

Japanese fishermen were the first to exploit the abundant squid in the waters around New Zealand. They use powerful lights to attract the squid to the surface, and catch them on hooked lines. This fishing fleet was photographed in 1978 in Wellington Harbour about to set off for five or six months of squid fishing off the West Coast of the South Island.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1978/4272/12A

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Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, 'Octopus and squid - Squid fishing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7937/japanese-squid-boats (accessed 21 October 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, published 12 Jun 2006