Nautical, Maritime and Boating History. Page three.


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  • Vehicular Ferries of Auckland. The Floating Bridge
  • Bayswater Harbour Ferries of Auckland to Takapuna
  • Teak and Tide
  • Hamilton's Jet
  • Launching Dreams
  • Thoughts on Clinker Lapstrake Dinghy Construction
  • A Voice for Shipping
  • Catlins Bound
  • Mullet Boats'n Quotes.
  • The New Zealand Clinker Boat.
  • Zephyr.The First 60 Years.
  • The Mullet Boat
  • The Des Townson Story
  • The Colin Wild Story
  • The Jack Brooke Story
  • Voices from the Sea.
  • Roughy on the Rise.
  • Roughy.
  • Te Matau a Maui.
  • Jagged Seas
  • Swimming Upstream
  • Hooked

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    By David Balderston. Softback,0.88 kg, 210mm x 298mm, 235 pages, black and white images. Published 2016.
    Over 50 years ago the completed Auckland Harbour Bridge made obsolete in an afternoon those (7) in number, vehicular ferry boats that had plied the harbour since 1910. Though a way of life and employment was lost for their crews, to the general public, the passing of the "vekulars" went unlamented.. Nowadays these Ferry Boats, so unique to Auckland, are only a dim memory: with the only 'customers' who experienced them now being rather elderly....

    Nevertheless, these interesting and peculiar little ships, designed for utility rather than beauty, served the Harbour well.

    It was their inadequacies that made the Harbour Bridge a reality, which in turn changed the face of Auckland and brought the North Shore a step closer to their Southern neighbours...

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    By David Balderston. Softback,0.88 kg, 210mm x 298mm, 235 pages, black and white images. Published 2016.
    For 17 years, a street railway ran from Bayswater Wharf, through Takapuna Streets and around the Lake to Milford. This was the only marine and tramway system in New Zealand, conceived and financed as part of the Land Development scheme for Takapuna and Bayswater.

    Tramcars, towed by "Steam Dragons" connecting with the ferry from Auckland, provided an efficient transport system to feed population for the new housing estates being opened up on the Shore.

    In 1927, motor buses took over and nowadays noting, apart from the connecting Ferry, is left of the Takapuna Tram System. Nevertheless, the "Steam Dragons" have some claim to have woken the sleeping quiet beach settlements of Takapuna into vibrant Auckland suburbs.

    This is their story.

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    By Nigel Costley. Softcover , 0.73kg, 170mm x 240mm, 272 pages, black and white, sepia, and colour photographs. Published 2014.
    From the Ganges to Picton, New Zealand : the Changing Fortunes of the Last Surviving 19th Century Merchantman

    The Edwin Fox was built in 1853 in Sulkeali on the Hooghly River in India and sold to Duncan Dunbar II in 1854. It is the world's ninth oldest wooden troop ship and was used to carry soldiers to the Crimea War (1853-1856), convicts to Australia and bring immigrants from Britain to New Zealand. In the 1880s steam arrived and Edwin Fox was fitted out as a floating freezer hulk and used in several New Zealand ports. In 1897, it was towed to Picton and used as a freezer ship and then as a coal hulk. The ship was virtually derelict when the Edwin Fox Society took it on as a project. The New Zealand Historic Places Trust placed a category-one listing on the ship.

    Written by Nelson-based author Nigel Costley, the book is from a concept developed by late Marlborough author Don Grady. Costley is the third author to attempt to write about the Edwin Fox. Costley had two manuscripts to work with and “truckloads” of research when he began the endeavour in 2010. Although it took four years for the book to be completed, Costley did not grow tired of the subject. The tale of the Edwin Fox was a rich human interest story, he said. “It’s had such a versatile career. There’s just a lot of colour and drama in the story that I was able to pick up on.”

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    By John Walsh. Softcover, 0.81kg, 150mm x 228mm, 360 pages, colour and monochrome photographs. Published in 2014.
    The Biography of an Icon

    The first stirrings of the embryonic engineering enterprise that became CWF Hamilton & Co Ltd began 75 years ago on a high country sheep station at the foot of Mt Cook. At Irishman Creek Station the inventive Kiwi farmer, Bill Hamilton, and his idealistic English wife, Peggy, fashioned an extraordinary community turning rabbiters and farmhands into skilled trades-people. When Bill Hamilton won the contract to construct an aerodrome at Mt Cook in 1935, the sheep farmer-turned-engineer was on his way to establishing an engineering business eventually to employ 500 people in Christchurch that would leave its mark on the post-War infrastructural development of New Zealand. Yet it was Sir William Hamilton's jet boat hobby that made him internationally renowned. He and his team discovered for themselves the secret to a successful jet boat, one that could tackle the swift-flowing rivers of the South Island. Soon Hamilton's jet was making headlines conquering the Colorado River upstream through the Grand Canyon, river racing in Mexico, re-tracing Stanley's footsteps in Zaire and jetting Sir Edmund Hillary in the sacred Ganges in India. In the economically turbulent 1980's, CWF Hamilton & Co nearly succumbed like so many companies. To secure its future, the Company morphed from a multi-product heavy engineering business, aimed at the domestic market, to a single product-line manufacturer with a global perspective. That product was not the jet boat but the waterjet propulsion system itself. The untold story of the Company's success on the world stage from that point on, in competition with Rolls Royce no less, is a salutary lesson in how to make commercial success of Kiwi ingenuity. Hamilton Jet is now the dominant propulsion choice for high-speed oil industry crew boats, navy and coast guard patrol boats, fast ferries and lately offshore windfarm servicing vessels around the world. With millions of dollars of waterjet product leaving the Christchurch factory each week, the legacy and romance of Bill Hamilton lives on.

    This is the story of an iconic New Zealand Company and the man who built it.

    Note: This title is currently out of stock and due again in 2019

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    By Baden Pascoe. Hardback,985g, 245mm x 290mm, 152 pages, black and white, sepia, and colour photographs. Published 2013.
    A sumptuous pictorial and historical record that celebrates the life of Auckland businessman and renowned boatbuilder Percy Vos, his boats and the people who worked with him.

    Percy Vos had a lifelong passion for leadership and imparting his knowledge to others, which he considered his personal responsibility. As a young man he fought for his country in World War 1, came home and got on with life and gained a huge respect from his staff, customers, and the boatbuilding industry at large.

    An outstanding Aucklander, with an absolute passion for leadership. Percy Vos was one of the greats in our marine industry. His legacy lives on today with the reconstruction of the Vos shed and slipways.

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    By Peter Peal. Hardback,0.94, 230mm x 300mm, 108 pages, Black and White, sepia, and colour photographs. Line drawings and Plans. Published 2017.
    Peter Peal started working at Percy Vos Ltd, boatbuilders as an apprentice in 1937. From the outset of his career he always believed that attention to detail gives a good result and this is a critical fact when building clinker dinghies. This book is a reflection of his trade values and is a must for anyone who wants to build one of these boats or is just interested in the magic of clinker boat-building.

    The intention of this book is twofold, firstly to explain the art of clinker boat-building as it was previously done, and secondly, the way it is now, with different timbers and power tools.

    The first section of the book takes you back in time to the late 1930’s via a story line were you can almost feel the day to day atmosphere of the Percy Vos boat yard. A time when young men were immersed in knowledge and exposed to an experience were they got to know what a nice shear line or lay of a plank should to look like. A place where they learnt to touch a piece of timber and instantly know it’s capably of strength and durability. Working with wood was what they loved to do and they played with the results of their work during their weekends sailing, rowing and steaming their floating works of art that were so kind on the eye. The method used to build these boats without the aid of moulds or temporary frames made the task even more challenging but once mastered it elevated these young men to go on to be the legends of our marine industry that are now the cornerstones of the world class marine industry we now have.

    The second part of his book his based on much the same principles as in the first section but ply planking can be employed instead of timber. Laminates can be used instead of natural crocks and to make it easier and moulds or temporary frames are recommended to control exact shape.

    In the third section Peter offers three of his designs with full lines off sets and construction drawings. Boat 1 being a traditional launch or yacht tender, boat 2 a small rowing or pulling boat and boat 3 a clinker large enough to be a small out board run-a-bout. (He also recommends designing your own boat)

    Section four is a short glossary of the terms and slang used in the Auckland boat yards during his time in the trade.

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    By Gavin McLean. Hardcover, 0.54kg, 195mm x 268mm, 96 pages, colour and monochrome photographs. Published in 2009.
    The New Zealand Shipowners' Federation was formed at Auckland in 1906 to succeed a short-lived local association. Although initially ignored by the country's largest shipowner, the Union Steam Ship Co, the Federation played an important part in settling the 1917 and 1922 seamen's strikes. From then until the 1990s much of its time was occupied with industrial negotiations. As land (and later air) transport ate into the coastal general cargo trade, rate setting became another core business item. The third strand of the business was lobbying government.
    That mix changed in the decade between 1984 and 1994 when governments radically reformed the economy. The shipping industry had already gone through a technological revolution with containers, roll-on, roll-off and bulk carriers drastically trimming the New Zealand fleet. The political revolution went further, reshaping the ownership of the ports and shipping industries and work practices. In remarkably short order, changes previously thought politically impossible, were enacted. In the twenty-first century the New Zealand Shipping Federation is the advocate for domestic shipping playing its full part in addressing the country's transport and environmental concerns - in short, it is A Voice for Shipping.

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    CATLINS BOUND. William McPhee's Southern-Built Sailing Ships, New Zealand 1860-1870s.
    By Mike McPhee. Paperback with flaps, 170mm x 240mm, 262 pages, colour and monochrome photographs and a CD of music by The Maritime Crew.
    In 1856 William McPhee finished his shipbuilding apprenticeship in Canada, signed on board a sailing ship, and set out to see the world. A year or two later he arrived in southern New Zealand and began working his trade. This is the story of the ships he built on Stewart Island and in the Catlins.
    His ketches and schooners delivered timber and general cargo to villages and towns around New Zealand. They battled through both Foveaux and Cook Straits; storms accompanied them and dangerous river entrances awaited them. The Nora, Eliza Simpson, Jane Hannah, Owake and Catlin served for years before the unforgiving sea claimed them and their brave crewmen. Two of his smaller vessels, the Anna and the Jane ventured into the Southern Ocean and somehow survived the sub-Antarctic. His biggest ship, the John Bullock, traded regularly from Melbourne to Hokitika and was finally lost in Northern New South Wales.

    There were few navigation aids in those days and all coastal vessels had near-misses or strandings; only good luck, sturdy construction and a skilled captain could save a ship that got into trouble - captains like Stephen Tall, Bill Hanning, Daniel Mcphaiden, Edward Tonge, Roert Norman, Alexander Purdie, James Tunbridge, Roderick Currie, Otto Arndt, John Mason and Charles Hayward.

    You will meet the ships, and the captains - good ships and good seaman, they knew their business well.

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    By Noel Mitchell. Softback, 0.65kg, 210mm x 297mm, 156 pages, Black & white Photographs. Published in 2000.
    A fascinating insight into one of New Zealand's most historic sailing craft.

    Compiled and written over a number of years, this book was a labour of love for the late Noel Mitchell. Filled with interesting facts, photographs, illustrations and good old-fashioned yarns, this is the definitive history of Mullet Boats in New Zealand.

    We have been fortunate to obtain a few copies of this (now out of print) book from the Mitchell family. For which we are very grateful.

    An extract from the Noel Mitchell poem Mullet Boat

    A fleet of Mullet Boats, is a great sight to see
    Be it to weather or down to the Lee
    With their gaffs peaked high and their headsails setting
    One can tell by the wake the speed they are getting
    Whether it be on the wind or running free
    It's a sight not forgotten by all those who see.....

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    By Tino Rawa Trust. Softback, 0.17kg, 210mm x 297mm, 31 pages, Colour, black & white, sepia photographs. Published in 2017.
    The art of building clinker or shiplap dinghies and boats was one of the skill sets of the shipwrights that immigrated to New Zealand during the early colonisation years. This skill was simply considered a must if they were seeking employment on a ship or as a ships carpenter.

    Tha Auckland Province was fortunate that several Scottish families landed here. The most notable being Henry Niccol, who, with his family arrived here in late 1842 as passengers on the Jane Gifford. His arrival, and a few of his extended family members, began to desigh and build the first watercraft and ships in Auckland. This was the beginning of the industry..

    Looking back over the many yachting classes that were clinker built, New Zealand produced some of the best, if not the best, high performance clinker boats in the World.

    This book is a celebration of the Clinker boat in New Zealand.

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    By Manly Sailing Club. Paperback, 0.17kg, 210mm x 297mm, 50 pages, Colour, black & white, sepia photographs. Published in 2016.

    'The Zephyr was given its name from a similarly titled gentle breeze in the Greek Islands. My boats tended to be gentle little boats, sweet in their line so I called it a Zephyr'
    Des Townson 2006

    The Zephyr lines drawing was completed in April 1956, but the genesis of this creation began a number of years earlier. At that time, Des Townson was a fledgling boat designer/builder in the very early stages of his self-taught journey, having started in 1952 as an 18-year-old with a plan for an 8-foot plywood rowing dinghy. Seven more designs followed; five cold moulded dinghies and two 12-foot Pennant class yachts. He never received formal maritime design or building tuition, so his development was solely by intuition, observation and experimentation. The first Townson commercial commission was from John Peet in 1954 for a two-handed yacht to race in the newly formed 12 ft skiff ‘Q’ class. Nimble represented a marked change from common thinking of the time, being light, flat bodied and modestly canvassed. The boat was successful both locally and on a wider stage. Under the helm of Don Brooke, it became the highest scoring New Zealand boat at the inaugural 12-foot Skiff Interdominion Championship in Sydney. The Nimble hull form was the forerunner to the Zephyr....

    The history and development of the ZEPHYR.The First 60 years.

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    A New Zealand Yachting Icon
    By Harold Kidd & Robin Elliot. Paperback, 0.17kg, 210mm x 297mm, 45 pages, Colour, black & white, sepia photographs. Published in 2016.
    A frequently question asked is "What is a Mullet Boat, and why is it called that"? The answer is it is a small ballasted centreboard yacht that is unique to Auckland, descended directly from a type of small fishing boat of (roughly) of 140 years ago. When Auckland was founded as the capital of New Zealand in 1840 most of the harvest for the growing population was carried out by Maori Fisherman who rapidly added European-built craft to their formidable fishing techniques. As the fish stocks depleted other fisherman of various mixed races began to dominate the industry. By 1875 these had morphed into two types - The 'Schnapper' boat (usually a 10 ton keel yacht used for line fishing) and the'Mullet' boat (4 Ton centreboarder for netting mullet in the shallows),.

    While today we take them for granted as part of the local scenery, the 'Mulletties' have done an enormous amount for NZ yachting, both as a training ground for its yachtsmen and as background inspiration to generations of yacht designers.

    This book is a celebration of the 'Mullet Boat'. A New Zealand Yachting Icon.

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    By John Macfarlane. Paperback, 0.17kg, 210mm x 297mm, 30 pages, Colour, black & white, sepia photographs. Published in 2015.
    Des Townson was the creative genius behind some of the most well known classes in New Zealand sailing, including the Starling, Zephyr, Mistral and Pied Piper, Unmatched in his ability to draw 'pretty' yachts, the boats of Des Townson boats generated fiercely passionate and loyal ownership, with some 3,500 yachts and boats carrying the Townson name.

    Townson was born in Auckland in 1934 and from his father developed a passion for sailing. He won the Tanner Cup, the premier teenage yachting championship in 1950 and at the age of 17 designed his first boat, a small dinghy. Over the following fifty-seven years he designed eighty-two different boats ranging from an 8ft rowing dinghy to a 72ft keel boat. His influence on New Zealand yacht design during the 1950s to 80s was as significant as that of the famous Logan family during the colonial yachting era.

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    By Harold Kidd. Paperback, 0.17kg, 210mm x 297mm, 30 pages, black & white photographs. Published in 2012.
    Colin Wild was in the top rank of New Zealand's pleasure craft designers and builders. Every one of the yachts and launches he built during the period from 1919 to 1955 was of the highest quality by any standards, local or international, within its design parameters. He was one of the few builders that Arch Logan would approve to build to his designs; the reasons for this will become apparent in this booklet.

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    By Harold Kidd. Paperback, 0.19kg, 210mm x 297mm, 30 pages, black & white photographs. Published in 2013.
    Jack Brooke was one of this country's most important yacht designers as well as being one of its most important practical scientists. He was a positive product of the tough times of the Great Depression of the 1930s. He had two qualities in abundance, initiative and leadership, and was passionate about promoting them in others. Another hallmark of Jack was that his source of inspiration was more from the United States rather than from "Home" as we still then called Britain. With the exception of Colin Wild, under whose influence he came, Jack Brooke was on his own in this at the time, and that American influence was a breath of fresh air. The rest of the story you will have to read in this fascinating booklet.

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    Managing New Zealand Fisheries.
    By Raewyn Peart. Paperback, 0.68kg, 208mm x 265mm, 168 pages, Colour Photographs. Published in 2018.
    The Environmental Defence Society's latest publication ‘Voices from the Sea’ is the result of an in-depth investigation into the operation of New Zealand’s inshore fisheries management system.

    Since 2013 a dozen whales, two orca, six hectors dolphins and thousands of seals have been caught by commercial fishing vessels in New Zealand waters, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) figures released under the Official Information Act show. But the highest casualty rate has been of protected seabirds with nearly 10,500 animals from more than 70 different seabird species caught as commercial fishing bycatch in New Zealand waters in the past five years. The most common bycatch species are albatross, shearwaters and petrel.

    Authored by EDS Policy Analyst Raewyn Peart, the book evaluates whether the current approach is supporting thriving fisheries and communities, supported by healthy marine ecosystems, for the benefit of current and future generations of New Zealanders.

    The book includes interviews with approx 60 people who are closely involved in coastal fisheries including independent fishermen, quota owners, fisheries managers, recreational fishers, scientists and environmentalists. This is the first book on fisheries management in New Zealand to record these views.

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    By Tim Pankhurst. Paperback, 0.67kg, 152mm x 230mm, 346 pages, colour photographs. Published in 2017.
    The story of Orange Roughy is one of cowboys, characters and conservation.

    Roughy on the Rise charts the discovery of this mysterious deepwater fish, its expoitation, its depiction by environmental NGOs as the epitome of unsustainable fishing, the slow unlocking of its secrets, its key role in bankrolling the development of the New Zealand Seafood Industry - and latterly, its recovery.

    Tim Pankhurst records the story of the Orange Roughy, including the excesses of the roughy gold rush in its early years, with a remarkably candid series of interviews with skippers, crews, politicians and scientists.

    Despite mistakes being made, the evidence is that well managed fisheries can, and do, recover. The Marine Stewardship Council has recognised this by affixing its ecolabel, the International gold Standard of sustainable fisheries, to New Zealand's three major orange roughy fisheries. A testament to a turnaround in one of the world's most contoversial fisheries.

    Author Tim Pankhurst heads Seafood New Zealand. the Industry's peak body. He has been a journalist for 35 years.

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    By Alistair (AJ) Peach. Paperback, 0.39kg, 140mm x 215mm, 204 pages, black & white, colour photographs. Published in 2015.
    This is a book about marine fishing [trawling] the deep mid-ocean ridges for Orange Roughy, and the parallel story of a fishing buddy trying to establish a new fishery for Conger Eels.

    A fishing yarn and memoir about a decade of fishing that began in the South of New Zealand at Jackson Bay and progresses to the major New Zealand Ports.

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    Fish-hooks, Fishing and Fisheries in New Zealand

    By Chris Paulin (with Mark Fenwick) hardback, 0.75kg, 185mm x 238mm, 232 pages, black & white, colour photographs. Published in 2016.

    Prior to European arrival in New Zealand fishing was a significant component of Maori subsistence. Fish were taken with nets (some over a mile in length), traps, pots, spears, lures as well as hooks made of wood, bone, shell or stone that were as effective as any modern steel hook. In the late 1700s, European sealers and whalers began visiting the region bringing metal tools. The superiority of metal quickly became apparent and tools made using stone, wood, shell, and bone were rapidly discarded. However, numerous artefacts were produced by both Maori and Europeans in order to meet the demand from tourists and collectors for souvenirs and artefacts in the late 1800s. Maori culture was, and continues to be dynamic. Maori fishing did not cease when traditional fishing gear was discarded. Development of deregulated commercial fishing in New Zealand waters in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries resulted in a decline in fish numbers, ranges and sizes, increasing competition for a diminishing resource among commercial, recreational and customary fishers.

    This publication summarises research into traditional Maori fish-hooks and fishing, the development of commercial fisheries and the subsequent impact on conservation and management of New Zealand's fisheries resources since European settlement and the Treaty of Waitangi in the nineteenth century.

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    By David Grant. Paperback, 1.28kg, 200mm x 270mm, 383 pages, black and white and colour photos. Published 2012.
    From humble beginnings in 1879 until the time it merged with the Waterside Workers' Union in 2003 to become the Maritime Union of New Zealand, the New Zealand Seamen's Union played an integral and essential role in this country's seafaring industry.
    Labour historian David Grant traverses the huge changes that have occurred in the working lives of seamen, and union practice, through these years. He portrays a union that was assertive and volatile but always steeped in never-ending struggle to win jobs for its members and to better their lives, which were often grim, particularly in the early years.
    The Seamen's Union was integrally involved in the country's biggest industrial disputes - in 1890, 1913 and 1951. In these and lesser quarrels class solidarity became a byword for its existence, hewn by decades of collective struggle with kin unions against the forces of capital - alongside participation in political struggles such as opposition to the Vietnam war, nuclear ship visits and apartheid in South Africa. Nonetheless, Grant eschews the labels 'militant' and 'irresponsible', which are often levelled at the union, instead arguing that the union has in fact been moderate and considered in all of its political and industrail activity.

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    By Jennifer Haworth. Paperback, 210mm x 260mm, 350 pages, published 2010.
    Nowadays New Zealand’s King Salmon is commonplace; it is found on every supermarket shelf and is an alternative on most restaurant menus. This fish is now a major export earner whose trade is worth in excess of $70 million a year and it provides jobs for hundreds of New Zealanders.
    It is, however, a relatively new industry based on a premium species of salmon – Chinook. These salmon are not indigenous but were brought here from the McCloud River in northern California at the beginning of the 20th century. Just a few importations of ova were sufficient to establish ‘home runs’ in many South Island rivers.
    The government believed these fish would form the basis of a canning industry, but the numbers were never sufficient. Instead salmon became a game fish for South Island anglers. In the 1970s there were attempts to introduce legislation to allow trout and salmon farming. Trout farming created a political furore and was dropped but salmon farming was supported by the acclimatisation societies, who could see the value of enhanced river runs developed by private hatcheries.
    To establish a successful industry experimentation was needed. New Zealanders knew very little about the biology of salmon and even less about salmon farming. But through experimentation and innovative science, salmon hatcheries were able to restock rivers. Ocean ranching was tried. This followed the salmon’s natural pattern and used the sea to rear the fish. When this failed to produce the necessary returns it was abandoned.
    Sea cage farming became the preferred method but there had to be considerable development and modification for New Zealand conditions.
    Salmon is now a popular fish in many parts of the world. The discovery that salmon is rich in omega-3 means that it has become not just a luxury but a necessary part of our diet.
    Swimming Upstream shows how innovative many early salmon farmers were; it covers their trials and problems which nearly cost them their industry and shows how they, as men and women with a passion, won through in the end.

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    By David Johnson & Jenny Haworth. Paperback, 2.1kgs, (Hardback 2.3kgs) 206mm x 280mm, 552 pages, black and white photos. Published 2004.
    This book, left uncompleted when David Johnson died, is the culmination of his lifetime of research into the fishing industry. It tells the story of how our fishing industry moved from an inshore industry where the fish were largely caught by small boats to a multi-million dollar industry where large companies now have the technology and skills to fish our 200 mile economic zone.
    It shows how the early Dalmatian settlers made a huge contribution to the industry, how the industry gradually freed itself from the war time restrictions in the 1950s and how the industry was seized with a frenzy when seemingly unlimited supplies of crayfish were found off the Chatham Islands. Then as the industry became professionalised there were battles fought and won for a 200 Mile economic zone, for the right to protect and fish our own resources and to manage those resources through the quota management system. This was regarded as a world leader in conservation.
    Hooked also shows how New Zealand’s fisheries resources were allocated to Maori under the terms of the Treaty of Waitangi and how the industry became controlled by some of the big companies like Sealord, Talleys and Sanford Ltd. Also covered is the development of aquaculture industry.
    The book is an essential tool for all those who want details about the New Zealand fishing industry and how it has developed. It is specially priced for libraries and research institutes.

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