New Zealand research tagging database

Occurrence dataset published by Southwestern Pacific Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) No…

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Full Title

New Zealand research tagging database


Tagging programmes have been used to provide information on fish and fisheries to central government policy makers in New Zealand for many years. A wide variety of species have been the subject of such studies, including finfish, shellfish and rock lobsters. In New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary Industries (formerly the Ministry of Fisheries) has funded these programmes to aid with fisheries research and stock assessment. Data from these programme are held in the "tag" database, from which the data in this dataset are sourced.

Additional Information

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Temporal coverages

Date range: Jun 15, 1965 - Jan 1, 2013

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Kevin Mackay
Marine Database Manager
NIWA Private Bag 14901, Kilbirnie Wellington New Zealand
Metadata author
Kevin Mackay
Marine Database Manager
NIWA Private Bag 14901, Kilbirnie Wellington New Zealand
Administrative contact
David Fisher
Fisheries Research Data Manager
NIWA Private Bag 14901, Kilbirnie Wellington New Zealand


Published by

Southwestern Pacific Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Node

Publication Date

Mar 28, 2017

Registration Date

Mar 27, 2017

Hosted by

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Served by

Southwest Pacific Regional OBIS Node

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External Data

Metadata Documents

411,926 Georeferenced data

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Mainly around the New Zealand waters, but also around the South Pacific and Southern Oceans


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Other Contacts

Custodian steward
David Fisher

NZ Fisheries Research Tagging Programmes

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Study area description

New Zealand EEZ


Ministry for Primary Industries

Project Personnel

Custodian steward
David Fisher


Study extent

Species occurrence data collated from research tagging events in and around New Zealand waters.

Sampling description

Biological data was sampled in-situ using a variety of equipment such as longlines, pots, rod and reels, and divers.

Quality control

The scientific names have been mapped to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), using the online taxon match tool. All sampling locations have been plotted on a map to perform a visual check. The most important check would be to see if all sampling locations are (1) in the marine and/or brackish environment and (2) within the described sampling area. There are some occurrences that appear to be on land. These are positions from commercial or recreational fishermen that are often adjusted to hide their true position for fear of giving away their real fishing grounds. These points are still included in this dataset as they do give an indication of the general area where the species occurrence was.

Method Steps

  1. Data was extracted from the tag database, then filtered for only records that have latitude and longitude values present.

Tag Database documentation (Ministry for Primary Industries)