What kind of dory have you caught? At what depth and where on the continental shelf are trevally most likely to be caught? What other fish are these most likely to be confused with? This book is the result of research and observation of fishes most commonly caught (and sometimes confused) by commercial and recreational fishers. Jorge Hirt-Chabbert provides a user-friendly guide that makes the process of identifying your catch simple. Visual clues are the paramount guide to naming your fish, with technical information about the species kept to a minimum. Each entry includes facts that will enhance your knowledge of a species such as spawning times, average length and weight, and physical features unique to a species. Fish Species of New Zealand is a book for all fishers, whether beginner or expert. It can be used as a guide to a focused species catch, or as a reference to find out what's been caught while fishing from a dinghy.
Born in Argentine, Jorge Hirt-Chabbert is a marine biologist who worked for several years in South America and the USA prior to settling in New Zealand. Much of his work deals with making research results accessible to non-scientists. Jorge has been involved in developing and implementing numerous programmes of science and technology for the private sector and government agencies. He is presently working as a fisheries consultant and researching the development of value-added seafood and marine products.