Large Kingfish were once common along the NSW coast.
Small Yellowtail kingfish swimming free
Valerie holds large Yellowtail kingfish
Rolleimarin underwater camera was top of the range product in 1960s
More an open pen than a trap as fish were free to leave – except they preferred to swim into the flowing current and the pen opening faced the opposite direction.
Too successful – when the idea and design leaked out, too many traps for too few fish decimated the entire population of Yellowtail kingfish. Meanwhile sushi chefs began using the fish for sashimi (raw fish) dishes.
30 kg Yellowtail kingfish, Sugarloaf Point, (1965)
Yellowtail kingfish speared at Big Seal Rock in January 1964 and photographed under the lighthouse in calm water. Bob Grounds. Fish this size (50 to 60 pounds) were common in that era.http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au (Issue #4)
Yellowtail kingfish at Sugarloaf Point Rocks in December 1964. Bruce Farley pictured. Feature story promoted the spearing of pelagic fish in preference to reef species. http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au (Issue #4)