Story: Diving and snorkelling

Collecting pāua

Collecting pāua

This snorkeller is gathering pāua in the clear waters around Stewart Island. Fishery regulations in New Zealand state that pāua cannot be collected using scuba gear – a measure designed to conserve stocks of this prized shellfish. Most divers collect them either by free diving without gear or by snorkelling.

Using this item

NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
Photograph by Steve Mercer

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Diving and snorkelling - The development of diving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006