Information on the catch of billfish, tuna and large sharks in New Zealand waters is important for improved national and international management. This site is also linked to the New Zealand Gamefish Tagging Programme for reporting fish release and recapture information.

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This site was developed to capture information about fish tagged or recaptured in the New Zealand Gamefish Tagging Programme and has been expanded to include gamefish catch that is not tagged.

New Zealand has a world class recreational fishery for striped marlin, swordfish and some tuna species. Detailed catch records have been published by sport fishing clubs, with some going back over 90 years.

Fishers are encouraged to report their catch to help track the performance of these important fisheries, and for use in research and advocacy.

For tagged fish we ask for your name and address because there is a reward shirt for reporting a tag recapture. If your tagged fish is recaptured we will send you a copy of the recapture letter.

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This project was instigated by saltwater fly fishing guides and Revolution Fly Fish NZ in 2015–16. The purchase and distribution of tags is supported by Revolution Fly Fish NZ, New Zealand Sport Fishing Council and LegaSea.

Data management and reporting is supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries through the NZ Gamefish Tagging Programme and Blue Water Marine Research Ltd.