Story: Economic history

Chatham Islands crayfish boom

One of the quarrying booms in the post-war period was the crayfishing boom in the Chatham Islands. In 1964 the main fish caught around the Chathams was cod, and almost no crayfish were caught commercially. By 1968, 5,900 tons of crayfish were sent out of the Chathams, mostly for export. Howard Page had been a cod fisher and he talks of the scene in the Chathams when he came down to hunt for crayfish about a year after the boom had started.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Spectrum 750 - Chatham Islands/Reference number CDR415)

About this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1968/4295/9a

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How to cite this page:

Brian Easton. 'Economic history - Great boom, 1935–1966', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 9-Jul-13
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/24353/chatham-islands-crayfish-boom