Story: Coastal fish

Sprats

Sprats

These schooling small fish in Wellington Harbour are most likely to be slender sprats (Sprattus antipodum). Sprats feed on plankton and are sometimes caught for bait. They are an important food item for seabirds and larger fish around southern New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/2000/0809/13
Photograph by Craig Simcox

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Carl Walrond, 'Coastal fish - Plankton-feeding open-water fish', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8823/sprats (accessed 10 December 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006