Known to Māori as araara, trevally (Pseudocaranx georgianus) are schooling fish, most abundant in the warmer waters off the northern North Island. Adult schools are often seen near headlands, pinnacles and islands where currents tend to concentrate plankton. At times, large schools of trevally break the surface, and they are commonly seen by big-game fishers and sailors in the Bay of Islands. Māori used to catch the fish on fine calm days by driving schools into weirs made of branches stretched across shallow, narrow bays.
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Photograph by Malcolm Francis
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