The Gamefish Tagging Programme has recorded 68 775 released billfish, pelagic sharks, tuna and kingfish in the New Zealand EEZ over the last 40 years, mainly by recreational fishers. Release data is used to characterise the fishery. The 2166 recaptures help describe the distribution and movement of kingfish, striped marlin, mako and blue sharks with limited records for 16 other species. Tag and release has become integral in gamefish catch recording with benefits for research and conservation.
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