New Zealand research tagging database

Latest version published by Southwestern Pacific Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Node on 08 August 2018 Southwestern Pacific Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Node

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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.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 411,926 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Ministry for Primary Industries (2014). New Zealand research tagging database. Southwestern Pacific OBIS, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Wellington, New Zealand, 411926 records, Online http://nzobisipt.niwa.co.nz/resource.do?r=mpi_tag released on November 5, 2014.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Southwestern Pacific Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Node. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: c7b39dbc-39f5-47e6-8b70-d49eea899ef9.  Southwestern Pacific Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Node publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Ocean Biodiversity Information System.


Occurrence; Observation


Kevin Mackay
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
Marine Database Manager
Private Bag 14901, Kilbirnie
David Fisher
  • Point Of Contact
Fisheries Research Data Manager
Private Bag 14901, Kilbirnie

Geographic Coverage

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

Bounding Coordinates South West [-54, -172], North East [-8, 109]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1965-06-15 / 2013-01-01

Project Data

No Description available

Title NZ Fisheries Research Tagging Programmes
Funding Ministry for Primary Industries
Study Area Description New Zealand EEZ

The personnel involved in the project:

David Fisher
  • Custodian Steward

Sampling Methods

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

Study Extent Species occurrence data collated from research tagging events in and around New Zealand waters.
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 step description:

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

Bibliographic Citations

  1. http://www.fish.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/E827F55F-0779-4599-8223-92538AC61725/0/research_database_tag_2011.pdf Tag Database documentation (Ministry for Primary Industries)

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers c7b39dbc-39f5-47e6-8b70-d49eea899ef9