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Fish of the Year
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EMR is a national programme
of experiential learning about
marine conservation

Fish of the Year
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EMR is a national programme
of experiential learning about
marine conservation



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seaweekThank you for voting in our Fish of the Year 2022 competition. Voting has now closed. 

We are super excited to announce the winners of EMR's 2022 Te Ika o Te Tau competition! We had a whopping 781 submissions come in for fish of the year!
Our 2022 winner is once again the whai repo (eagle ray, Myliobatis tenuicaudatus) who took the lead with a huge 193 votes! In second place, a new addition for 2022, the endearing, endangered manaia (big bellied seahorse - Hippocampus abdominalis) who took out the runner-up spot with 145 votes! Coming in close third was our favourite freshwater friend - tuna (Long/short finned eel, Anguilla spp.) with 144 votes!
We are thrilled to see so much love for our endangered manaia and freshwater eels! Our runner-up, manaia, is New Zealand's only seahorse species, and are under threat from pollution and habitat degradation. But hope is not lost! With mussel and kelp restoration and the establishment of 'seahorse hotels' we can help protect our seahorse species by providing them with healthy habitats! You can find out more about our amazing manaia here!
Thank you so much to everyone for your votes and we hope you learnt some fun facts along the way. We received some very cool ika suggestions for Te Ika o Te Tau 2023 so keep your eyes peeled for some cool critters coming in next year's competition! Who will steal whai repos spot for 2023? Prize winners will be announced on Thursday 7th April via facebook and email.
Many thanks to our supporters of Fish of the Year, Seaweek, Wilderlab NZ Ltd, Northland Regional Council, Wettie Spearfishing & Wetsuits and Charlie Thomas (Charlie's Art)!


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Mata - Black angelfish

Nest defenders

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Kōkiri - leatherjacket

Retractable spine for extra defence

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Whai repo - eagle ray

A favourite snack of Orca

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Tāmure - Snapper

Love to snack on kina

 Red Mokisnapper 2

Nanua - Red Moki

Can live to 60!

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Tāngahangaha - Sandager’s wrasse

Named after a lighthouse keeper

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Āhuruhuru - Goatfish

Males change colour to attract the girls

 Red Moki


Larval carry a packed lunch

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Matuawhāpuka - Scorpion Fish

Masters of disguise

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Tuna - Longfin eels

Swim to Tonga


Paketi - spotty

Maritime gypsies

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Pātiki tōtara - Flounder

Ambush predators

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Slow growing, long-lived



Seaweed grazers

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Karokaropounamu - Silver drummer


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Black spotted grouper

A protected species

 Lomng-finned-eelspt blk grouper 2

Kohikohi - trumpeter

Thick fleshy lips

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Rāwaru - Blue cod


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Haku - Yellowfin Kingfish

Fast-swimming and ferocious hunters

 Lomng-finned-eelkingi juv

Ruanoho - Blue-eyed triplefin

Iridescent blue eyes

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Crested weedfish

Losing their habitat

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Horopekapeka - Bronze whaler

Restores the balance

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Blue maomao

Has an arch named after them

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Two-spotted demoiselle

Plankton feeders

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Manaia - Big-bellied seahorse

NZs only seahorse species

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Kōpūtōtara - Porcupine fish

Creates deadly poison

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Fish herders

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Hiwihiwi - Kelpfish

Loves the surge zone

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Lord Howe Island butterflyfish

Subtropical fish

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Blackmargin dartfish

Introduced via ships' ballast water

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