Story: Oceanic fish

Swordfish broaching

Swordfish broaching

This photograph was most likely taken in the Bay of Islands, in northern New Zealand. In the early 2000s, between seven and 36 swordfish were caught yearly by big-game anglers, compared to an annual commercial catch of around 1,000 tonnes (about 5,000 swordfish). Much of this is taken as by-catch by the tuna fishery. Little is known about swordfish in the New Zealand region, but they are thought to be part of a much larger stock that spawns in the tropical Pacific.

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Carl Walrond, 'Oceanic fish - Billfish – marlin and swordfish', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 February 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006