Uniformity and Regional Variation in Marine Fish Catches from Prehistoric New Zealand

Date
1997
Authors
Anderson, Atholl
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University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Abstract
Catch patterns of prehistoric Maori fishing, including their regional variations, have been described by Leach and Boocock (1993) for one large sample of archaeological assemblages. A second large sample is described here, and the results compared. The new data strengthen evidence of a narrow focus upon snapper fishing in the northern North Island and upon barracouta fishing in the southern South Island. The central regions are still inadequately represented by catch data. The overall emphasis upon a few medium-sized, shallow water, carnivorous species; regional variation in the taxa of these; and signs of a broad stability in catch patterns can be related fundamentally to the nature of a temperate-zone ichthyofauna and secondarily to probable features of the fishing gear and subsistence economy. There are some deficiencies in current data and approaches that need to be addressed. KEYWORDS: New Zealand, catch patterns, regional variation, fishing strategy.
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New Zealand, catch patterns, regional variation, fishing strategy
Citation
Anderson, A. 1997. Uniformity and Regional Variation in Marine Fish Catches from Prehistoric New Zealand. Asian Perspectives 36 (1): 1-26.
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