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New Zealand steps up support for international shark conservation

New Zealand has boosted the protection of sharks by signing the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry have signed the agreement today which aims to improve the conservation of seven migratory shark species vulnerable to over-exploitation. “This international memorandum is the first global...
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Scientists probe complex causes of NZ sea lion decline

A tiny community of New Zealand sea lions on the Otago Peninsula is helping scientists solve the mystery of why some populations are doing better than others. There are thought to be only 10,000 New Zealand sea lions left, and pup production at the main breeding population in the Auckland Islands has declined by half since...
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Talley’s trawler to assess orange roughy stocks

Talley’s Amaltal Explorer embarks from Nelson tomorrow with leading edge technology on board to assess orange roughy stocks off the West Coast and bottom of the South Island. The two areas to be surveyed have been closed to orange roughy fishing since 1998 to encourage numbers to rebuild to a healthy and optimum level. These surveys will...
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Seafood industry supports efforts to save Auckland Islands’ sea lions

The seafood industry actively supports measures to conserve the Auckland Islands sea lion, Seafood New Zealand Chairman George Clement says. His comments follow the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) upgrading the sea lions’ status from vulnerable to endangered. “The decline in the sea lion population at the Auckland Islands has been a cause of concern...
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New Zealand Oreo Fisheries Withdrawn from MSC Assessment

Deepwater Group Ltd would like to advise that the three New Zealand oreo fisheries  (Smooth Oreo (SSO4) Trawl Fishery, Black Oreo (BOE3A) Trawl Fishery, and Smooth Oreo (SSO3A) Trawl Fishery) have been withdrawn from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment. Fisheries Improvement Plans (FIPs) have been developed and remedial actions are being implemented for each of these three...
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New Zealand Squid Fisheries Withdrawn from MSC Assessment

Deepwater Group Ltd would like to advise that the two New Zealand squid fisheries (New Zealand EEZ Squid Trawl Fishery (SQU1T) and Auckland Islands Squid Trawl Fishery (SQU6T)) have been withdrawn from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment. Fisheries Improvement Plans (FIPs) have been developed and remedial actions are being implemented for each of these two fisheries. These...
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Ray Hilborn Asks If the Drive for MPA’s is Environmentally Shortsighted

Most NGO’s assume that Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) are an unmitigated good, with little thought to their impact on the global food system. But, converting large areas of productive fisheries to no-take zones, while appealing to NGO’s, actually may increase global environmental degredation. The reason, says Professor Ray Hilborn in our latest video, is that marine protein...
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MSC sustainable seafood

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) today celebrated 15 years of MSC certified seafood and recognised the ‘leaders for living oceans’ that are driving growth and success in the sustainable seafood market. MSC certified fisheries now catch 8.8 million tonnes of MSC certified seafood per year, accounting for close to 10% of the total global wild-capture. With...
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The New Zealand Seafood Industry has lost a titan

The New Zealand seafood industry has lost a titan with the death of Philip Vela. “Philip Vela was an early pioneer in the development of the hoki, orange roughy, tuna and squid fisheries. He continued to be a major player and innovator in New Zealand fisheries – a business where only the strongest of the strong...
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Sustainability is a ‘must-have,’ says MSC

Fifteen years ago, when the world’s first fishery earned Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, sustainability in seafood was a relatively new concept. Then it became a buzzword. Today, “guaranteed sustainability is a requirement,” said Nicolas Guichoux, MSC global commercial director. “All of that happened because some companies decided that sustainability, like price and quality, was a...
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One in four British children think haddock is a soccer player

Nearly a quarter of British children don’t know that haddock is a fish, thinking instead that it is the name of a soccer player. This misconception is almost laughable until one realizes that we are talking about the potential seafood consumers of tomorrow. Unfortunately the misconceptions don’t stop there. In a survey carried out by the...
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Commercial limits for southern blue whiting, Otago rock lobster changing

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced changes to commercial fishing limits in two areas as part of the annual fisheries sustainability review. “From 1 April 2015 the total allowable catch for the southern blue whiting stock at the Bounty Platform will be decreased to ensure its ongoing sustainability, while the commercial limit for Otago...
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Why fish is nature’s antidepressant

It is known to prevent against heart disease and is hailed as the secret to a long, healthy life. Now, researchers have found the Mediterranean diet can help people with depression, too. A study found people who followed the diet were happier, less stressed and reported an improved quality of life compared to those who ate fewer...
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Testing the Waters

The Chatham Rise is one of our most productive fishing grounds. So, in 2007, the Government accepted fishing industry proposals to ban bottom trawling there. It was one of 17 large areas of ocean the industry agreed to protect, since damaging the seabed diminished the health of the fisheries. On Wednesday, the Government rejected a proposal from Chatham...
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UPDATE ON MSC CERTIFICATION OF NZ ORANGE ROUGHY

Off the back of the Seaweb Sustainability Summit (New Orleans, US) this week, Deepwater Group held a public consultation meeting to update MSC Stakeholders on progress with MSC certification of New Zealand orange roughy. The meeting provided an update on new developments. Amongst those attending were representatives from retailers, eNGO’s and other interested parties. Recent developments...
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NZ orange roughy exports accelerate as fish stocks recover

New Zealand orange roughy exports are accelerating as catch limits of the deepwater fish, once a poster child for bad fisheries management, increase amid confidence about improving stocks. Exports of the slow-growing fish, which can live for up to 130 years, rose 6.9 percent to a three-year high of $36.5 million last year, according to Statistics...
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CHATHAM ROCK MINING DECISION A WIN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT SAYS SEAFOOD INDUSTRY

The seafood industry applauded the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision to turn down Chatham Rock Phosphate’s (CRP) application to mine the Chatham Rise area, a key fishing ground for New Zealand. “The EPA’s decision recognises that seabed mining is a relatively new industry which has many uncertainties, and that this was a risk not worth taking...
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EPA refuses marine consent application by Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has refused an application by Chatham Rock Phosphate Limited (CRP) for a marine consent to mine phosphorite nodules on the Chatham Rise.

The decision, which was made by a Decision-making Committee (DMC) appointed by the EPA Board, was released this morning.

EPA General Manager Applications & Assessment Sarah Gardner...

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NZ orange roughy fishery seeks 3rd party sustainability certification

Three of New Zealand's orange roughy fisheries have entered the lengthy and rigorous Marine Stewardship Council sustainability assessment process. New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industry and the industry association the Deepwater Group have been working together for the past ten years to better manage and rebuild the orange roughy stocks, and are now looking to measure...
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New Zealand’s fish stocks in healthy state heading into 2015

Consumers can look forward to plenty of tasty and nutritious seafood this year with New Zealand fish stocks in good shape. “The status of our stocks over the 2014 year showed some marked improvements according to the Ministry for Primary Industries figures and point to the conclusion that ‘by far the majority of New Zealand’s fisheries...
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NEW ZEALAND SEAFOOD – THE KIWI CHRISTMAS CLASSIC

Seafood New Zealand is encouraging New Zealanders to put our sustainable seafood on their tables this Christmas. Kaimoana is a massive part of New Zealand tradition, and our seafood comes from one of the best fisheries management systems in the world. “Families looking to fill their plates with fresh and healthy local produce this Christmas cannot go...
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Closure of hearing on Chatham Rock Phosphate application

The hearing on the marine consent application by Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd (CRP) has been closed by the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) Decision-making Committee. The Committee now has 20 working days to make its decision. Due to the Christmas period, a decision is expected to be made early next year. The hearing was adjourned by the Committee...
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NZ Seafood Story

http://vimeo.com/newzealandstory/seafoodsector Telling the New Zealand seafood story to our overseas markets has just got a whole lot easier with this video developed by the government agency New Zealand Story with the support of Seafood New Zealand. The video is part of a free resource that includes professional quality images, videos and templates for companies to use to...
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Primary industry export forecasts revised

Dairy export revenue will be down this year, but the drop will be partly offset by better-than-expected growth in other primary sectors, according to revised forecasts from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). MPI released today a mid-year update on forecasts from its Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries 2014 (SOPI 2014), which was released in...
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Free Trade Agreement with Korea disappointing for New Zealand seafood

The so-called free trade deal with Korea excludes frozen squid, which will continue to suffer a 22 percent tariff. The FTA announced by Prime Minister John Key at the weekend is overall disappointing for seafood, according to Seafood New Zealand chief executive Tim Pankhurst. “While there are some improved trading conditions for some seafood in the first...
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Seafood Important for Growing Minds and Bodies

It pays not to shy away from seafood when pregnant, with some seafood providing health benefits to both expectant mums and their babies. Prioritising higher fish consumption in pregnant women and young children is among the key dietary recommendations of the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Committee on World Food Security. (The FAO Committee on World...
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SEAFOOD INDUSTRY WELCOMES COLLABORATIVE ACTION FOR BLACK PETREL

The seafood industry is backing seabird protection. Seafood New Zealand today welcomed the collaborative efforts of the Black Petrel Working Group to develop means of reducing the risk to this threatened seabird from fishing. “Our industry sees real value in collaborating with organisations to find long-term and effective solutions in how we protect marine wildlife, including seabirds,”...
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Fishing Innovation Recognised

Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH), a revolutionary fishing method, was presented with the Supreme New Zealand Innovator award, chosen from all categories and given to the best overall entry. PSH also won the Innovation in Sustainability and Clean Tech award. Idealog People’s Choice was awarded to Snap Information Technologies, who have developed an integrated video observation unit...
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Nathan Guy Welcomed Back by Seafood Industry

Seafood New Zealand welcomes the return of Hon Nathan Guy as Minister for Primary Industries. Seafood chief executive, Tim Pankhurst, congratulated Minister Guy on his appointment which was announced by the Prime Minister this morning. “We have developed a very good working relationship with Mr Guy and look forward to meeting him soon to update him on...
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NZ hake and ling receives sustainable seafood tick from MSC

Global sustainable seafood certifier, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has officially certified New Zealand hake and ling as sustainable seafood. The two species now join New Zealand hoki, albacore and southern blue whiting as sustainable varieties under the MSC’s strict criteria. As only nine percent of the world’s fish harvest is certified as sustainable, MSC manger Australia...
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Taking hoki up a notch

Hoki is one of the cheapest seafood options available at the counter, and with about 150,000 tonnes earmarked to be caught this year, it is also one of the most readily available. But Kiwi palates have grown up on inshore fish like snapper and tarakihi, which is much easier to access than the deep-sea hoki, lurking...
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EPA negative on miner’s application

The Environmental Protection Authority's initial view on Chatham Rock Phosphate's application for a marine consent to mine is decidedly negative. The company's shares plummeted as much as 60 percent to just 8 cents yesterday before recovering to close at 15 cents, down 5 cents. The EPA says its staff can't recommend the company application to mine phosphate...
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Fishing groups reject phosphate mining

Chatham Rock Phosphate has applied for marine consent to mine phosphate 450 kilometres east of Christchurch. Iwi in the rohe - Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mutunga O Wharekauri and the Hokotehi Moriori Trust - have said if the mining is approved, it would have a destructive effect on an important breeding ground and on commercial fish species. Ngati...
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Shark finning to be banned from 1 October

A ban on the finning of all shark species within New Zealand waters will take effect from 1 October this year, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced today. “Implementing this ban has happened much faster than originally proposed. It reinforces New Zealand’s strong international reputation for sustainability and protecting our...
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Increases for fish stocks show success of QMS

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced increases to catch limits for a range of New Zealand fisheries today, thanks to healthy stock levels. “This shows the success of our world-leading Quota Management System (QMS). It is flexible and driven by science, which means that we can increase take as stock levels improve,” Mr Guy...
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Quota increases recognise sustainable species

Sealord has welcomed the Minister of Primary Industries announcement about increased hoki and orange roughy quota a vote of confidence for the sustainability of these fisheries and work to ensure world class science and research is available.Quota increases recognise sustainable species Sealord has welcomed the Minister of Primary Industries’ announcement about increased hoki and orange roughy...
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Deepwater Group sUPPORTS CHANGES TO CATCH LIMITS

The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery. An increase in the hoki catch, from 150,000 tonnes to 160,000 tonnes, was announced at the Seafood Industry Conference in Wellington today by the Minister...
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Our Seafood the Best in the World

The Prime Minister John Key called New Zealand’s seafood ‘the best in the world’ in opening the Seafood Industry Conference in Wellington today. John Key said he’s travelled all over the world and eaten seafood in all sorts of places, but ‘without doubt New Zealand produces the best and I’ll challenge anyone to show...
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Toothfish Ordered by Tim Groser was Sustainable

Facts on the toothfish ordered by Trade Minister Tim Groser in Singapore are now clear. This fish was not ‘protected’, nor was it sourced from Antarctica as previous media stories have incorrectly asserted. This toothfish was sourced from the Heard Island and McDonald Islands fishery, which is certified as ecologically sustainable by the Marine Stewardship...
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Seafood Industry Remains Concerned on Chatham Rise

The seafood industry today welcomed new developments with Chatham Rock Phosphate’s (CRP) application to mine the Chatham Rise area, a key fishing ground for New Zealand. “We’re very pleased that the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has asked CRP for a lot more information on the adverse environmental effects of their proposal to mine large areas on...
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New subantarctic marine reserves established

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith today formally established three new marine reserves covering 435,000 hectares of ocean surrounding the Antipodes, Bounty and Campbell Islands from Perseverance Harbour, Campbell Island. "The New Zealand Subantarctic Islands are one of the most pristine places on earth and these marine reserves are about keeping them that way. The marine reserve...
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Deepwater fishing industry opposes ‘destructive’ phosphate mining

A lobby group for the deepwater fishing industry says plans to mine seabed near the Chatham Islands will amount to wholesale environmental destruction. Chatham Rock Phosphate has been given a 20-year permit to mine 820 square kilometres of seabed on the Chatham Rise. A catch of hoki hauled into a ship in the Chatham Rise area. A catch...
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