Story: Chatham Islands

Crayfish boom

In 1964 the main fish caught in Chatham Islands waters was cod. However, in 1968, 5,900 tonnes of crayfish were sent out from the islands, mostly overseas. Cod fisher Howard Page talks of the scene when he came down to hunt for crayfish about a year after the boom started.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1968/4295/9a

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.

Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Radio New Zealand collection. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision (Spectrum 750 – Chatham Islands/Reference number CDR415)

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Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - Chatham Islands from the 1860s to the 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/37805/crayfish-boom (accessed 22 August 2019)

Story by Rhys Richards, updated 4 May 2015