New Zealand can expect a golden summer for recreational fishing, with a long-term boom for snapper numbers if warm seas continue.
A NIWA scientist tells Newshub that there will be a rise in New Zealand's sea temperatures, with some areas going up 6 degrees. These warmer waters means we can expect to see a "big boost" in fish numbers, including Snapper.
Every summer and autumn, we get an influx of subtropical and tropical fishes coming down from the north into northern NZ waters, like skipjack tuna, yellowfin tuna, albacore tuna, and striped marlin - check here to see what you should and shouldn't be catching.
We would expect to see more of these fish immigrating into our waters and staying longer than before.