Yellowtail kingfish are a highly respected sportfish and New Zealand has arguably the best kingfish fishery in the world. Out of the 37 IGFA claimed world records for Southern yellowtail, currently 35 have been captured in New Zealand.
This world class fishery makes them a popular sport fish for Kiwis as well as charter operators – some of whom target them exclusively for local and international clients. Kingfish are a powerful fish and frequently hunt inshore where they are encountered by fishers. Big splashes, panicked baitfish leaping for their lives and monster hits and runs are experiences fishers seldom forget.
The economic and social value of kingfish to New Zealand fishers, visitors and regional economies is high. As such, it is in our best interests to understand and adopt best practice principles when catching and releasing kingfish.
Our new yellowtail best practice guide was compiled with the help of charter operators, marine scientists and experienced fishers. How we handle fish for release is important but so is how we fish for them. Check out the guide for how to best fish for, handle and release these prized sportfish HERE.
An abundant fishery enjoyed by today and by future generations. It takes time to rebuild and restore a fishery to abundance but the more people who adopt these principles, the faster we can make a difference.
With our population projected to increase and an increase of pressure on fish stocks globally, it is essential that today more than ever we adopt best practice fishing methods. From selective fishing methods to releasing techniques to utilising as much of each fish we catch, there is much we can do to better value, protect and rebuild our inshore fishery.
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