Chris Paulin


I’m a retired marine biologist now living in Raumati South. Previously I was employed at the National Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) and worked with the natural history and ethnological collections.

I have participated in research cruises on local and international fishing vessels conducting fisheries surveys and dredging projects throughout the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone, Antarctica, and around New Caledonian seamounts. 

I have a broad knowledge of the New Zealand marine biota and have published over 60 scientific papers in refereed journals (including descriptions of 17 species of fish new to science), and ten books and technical guides on NZ fishes, the Quota Management System, and our marine fauna, as well as papers on historical fishing activities and traditional Māori fishhooks, and have contributed chapters to other publications, including over 100 popular articles in magazines, and online blogs.