Niugini Black Bass

A solid Niugini black bass

Niugini black bass are the target of a small but growing catch-and-release sport fishing industry in PNG.

Niugini Black Bass (Lutjanus goldiei) are considered by many as the world’s toughest fighting sport fish.

They live in the coastal streams and rivers of Papua New Guinea where they are captured by small-scale subsistence fisheries and are the target of a small but growing catch-and-release sport fishing industry.

Current knowledge of black bass ecology is largely limited to what can be gleaned from the sportfishery; they grow to over 30 kilos and are captured in coastal rivers from freshwater through to the lower estuary. Detailed understanding of growth rates, age, diet, habitat use, and life-cycle movement patterns are lacking.

Understanding these aspects of black bass ecology forms the focus of the ecology component of our research.

 

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