Early fishing

 stitched by the Southland Guild

From the guild
Whales (top left hand corner) were hunted and caught by the local maori, and also immigrants from Scandinavia and America in the 1800s.

The different styles of fishing boats shows how the fishing industry has changed its craft, for both safety and economy. Blue cod, groper, flounder and many more varieties, and also shellfish including paua, mussels, kina, Bluff oysters (world famous) and crayfish are found in abundance around the southern coast. Muttonbirds (titi), also featured in the top left hand corner, were and still are harvested annually by the Maori on the Titi/Muttonbird Islands in Foveaux Strait. The Southland province is also reknowned for wonderful trout fishing rivers.