Spatial movements of species are expected under climate change. For New Zealand fish species in the Quota Management System, this report describes depth and temperature distribution and length frequencies from research trawl catches, and a history of spatial distribution from commercial fishery catches. Some spatial patterns were likely artefacts from changes in catch reporting, whereas others seemed plausible and some were corroborated. Change was most pronounced off the South Island.
AEBR 286 Climate change and the distribution of commercially caught marine fish species in New Zealand. Part 1: Spatio-temporal changes since 1989
Report - Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity (AEBR)