Snapper City

Snapper congregate in the shallows of Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve at an abundance and maturity that may closely reflect the original snapper populations of the Hauraki Gulf.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic / Richard Robinson

There are three to four times the number of snapper inside the reserve as outside and up to ten times the number of crayfish.

Very old snapper—some known by name—are common in the reserve, a reminder that many fish live their entire lives on one reef. They are residents of the gulf, with relationships to other fish and sites that may come as a surprise to fishers who just reel them up. Also obvious at Goat Island are the flourishing kelp, sponges and algae that fall prey to armies of kina in sites where snapper are not protected.

Episodes From This Location

Snorkel with EMR

1 minute / 2018

Snapper city

1 minute / 2018

Soar above the snapper

1 minute / 2018

Dive Tie Dye Arch

1 minute / 2018

Talking fish

1 minute / 2018

Scooter with a scientist

1 minute / 2018

Tunnel vision

1 minute / 2018

Snapper City

1 minute / 2018

Stingray swarm

1 minute, 30 seconds / 2018

Dive Tie Dye Arch

2 Minutes / 2018

The mystery of the talking fish

3 minutes / 2017

Scooter with a scientist

1 minute / 2017

Dive Blue Maomao Arch

1 minute / 2017