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Changes needed to recreational fisheries management – report

Peak bodies and recreational reporting were the big talking points when the New Zealand Initiative launched The Future Catch in Wellington. The report pushes for the establishment of an organisation to represent recreational fishers, in similar vein to Western Australia’s Recfishwest. The recommendation, and others, were made during a panel discussion featuring report author Dr Randall Bess,...
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New dedicated fisheries entity announced

A new fisheries-dedicated unit has been announced by the Government. The Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) functions are being reset, with four new portfolio-based entities announced, including Fisheries New Zealand, Forestry New Zealand, Biosecurity New Zealand and New Zealand Food Safety. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said the change would improve the management of a valued resource. “The reorganisation...
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A decade delivering sustainability

Deepwater Group (DWG) celebrated more than ten years delivering healthy fisheries at their recent annual general meeting. Established in 2005, DWG was a merger of the hoki, squid and orange roughy management companies, with a mandate for delivering the best-managed deepwater fisheries in the world through progressive management and robust science. George Clement has been their chief...
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Public perception of fisheries management at odds with international reputation – TNC

New Zealand fisheries’ Quota Management System (QMS) is being presented as an international example by a prominent US-based conservation group. 

The long established The Nature Conservancy (TNC), one of the world’s largest conservation organisations and a leader in coastal and marine management, last night released an extensive... Read more

Research project to save sea lion pups

Mud holes at Campbell Island (Blue Planet Marine, 2015)

Deepwater Group (DWG) is funding a novel research project as a part of a field trip to monitor sea lion pups at the second largest breeding colony at Campbell Island. The New Zealand sea lion risk assessment showed...
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IEMRS being slowed down

Commercial fishers are welcoming the announcement that the implementation of the Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS) will be slowed down. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said he has instructed Ministry for Primary Industries officials to look at options for readjusting the current IEMRS timeframes. “Digital monitoring will give...
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Commercial fishermen support getting digital monitoring right

Deepwater Group, which represent commercial fishermen in New Zealand’s deep-water fisheries, support the Labour Government’s decision to slow down the implementation of IEMRS (Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System) to ensure the new measures are effective. 

The Labour Government has committed to implementing digital reporting and monitoring... Read more

Large-scale changes bring opportunity for further collaboration

[caption id="attachment_5976" align="alignnone" width="604"] Photograph by Peter Marriott/NIWA[/caption] The seafood industry and the Ministry for Primary Industries continue to collaborate during the rollout of the Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS). The seafood industry is working with MPI on expectations that appear to be unnecessary, unworkable or that will...
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Experts flock to Wellington

  Seabird experts migrated to New Zealand from throughout the world last month to discuss the most recent developments in science and conservation. For two weeks, Wellington was home to the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP), a multilateral pact of 13 countries seeking to conserve...
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Fish stocks on the rise

Increased biomass in red gurnard and orange roughy fisheries has seen a rise in catch limits. The Ministry for Primary Industries announced the adjustments as part of their twice-yearly fisheries sustainability review. The orange roughy fishery - ORH3B Puysegur - south of Stewart Island has been reopened after the...
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Another orange roughy success story

An orange roughy fishery south of Stewart Island has been given the green light to reopen after 19 years.

In 1998, the seafood industry agreed to cease fishing in the ORH3B Puysegur area to rest the fishery to allow stocks to rebuild. Over the past 19 years the industry... Read more

Update on IEMRS

Progress is being made with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) towards the considered and staged implementation of Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS). MPI’s high level objectives - to verify self-reporting of catches, to collect more information on catches, and to do so electronically - are supported by Fisheries Inshore New Zealand (FINZ) and...
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Seabird Smart Award winners announced

A fleet of West Coast surface long liners has been awarded the 2017 Seabird Smart Award. Altair Fishing Ltd was crowned for their commitment to seabird mitigation across their five vessels. Chair of the Southern Seabird Solutions Trust Bill Mansfield said “the vessels all use bird scaring lines, set their fishing lines at night, add weights to...
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Orange roughy biomass surveys completed

[caption id="attachment_5853" align="alignnone" width="604"] New Zealand orange roughy[/caption] Two acoustic biomass surveys of orange roughy were successfully completed in June-July 2017. These surveys were the result of a collaborative effort between government, scientists and industry. The two surveys were approved by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and designed by New...
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Seafood assurance programme launched

The New Zealand seafood industry now has a one-stop source for information. OpenSeas is a third-party verified, broad-based transparency initiative designed to enable customers of New Zealand seafood, primarily international customers, a single, comprehensive source of information about the environmental, social and production credentials of the New Zealand seafood industry. Read more

Collaborative conservation a success at seafood conference

Collaborative conservation was high on the agenda at the New Zealand Seafood Industry conference in Wellington last week. Speakers noted the success of the ongoing work between fishers, iwi, scientists, conservation groups and government to protect the marine environment and its wildlife. Department of Conservation Director-General Lou Sanson said New Zealanders have a strong connection to our...
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A new report from economic researchers BERL has confirmed the importance of the commercial fishing industry to New Zealand. The report, The economic contribution of commercial fishing to the New Zealand economy, shows commercial fishing is worth $4.18 billion to the New Zealand economy. Chief executive of Fisheries Inshore New Zealand, Dr Jeremy Helson, said exports alone...
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One stop source for New Zealand seafood information launched

A one-stop source for information on New Zealand seafood was launched at the New Zealand Seafood Industry conference in Wellington today. OpenSeas is a third-party verified, broad-based transparency initiative designed to enable customers of New Zealand seafood, primarily international customers, a single, comprehensive source of information about the environmental, social... Read more

Seafood exports set to top $2 billion

Seafood exports are predicted to hit a record $2 billion annually by 2020.

That is according to the Ministry for Primary Industries 2017 Situation and Outlook report.

Export revenue for the year to June 2017 is expected to be $1.8 billion, broadly in line with last year,... Read more

Smart management to pay off for fishers

After nearly 20 years of closure by industry, another orange roughy stock, this time off the bottom of the South Island, is about to be re-opened to fishing. The catch limit for the orange roughy Puysegur stock, a sub-stock of ORH 3B, has a proposed increase from 150...
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Deepwater Group welcomes New Zealand Sea Lion Threat Management Plan

The Deepwater Group, which represents New Zealand’s deepwater fishing sector, welcomes the New Zealand Sea Lion Threat Management Plan released today by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

This new Plan is based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the threats to... Read more

More breeding albatrosses at remote Snares Islands

An annual southern Buller's albatross census on the Snares Islands has been successful with more breeding pairs counted and banded. These remote islands, 120 km south of Stewart Island, are home to the main breeding grounds for this endemic albatross. The survey was undertaken by scientist Paul Sagar, who like many...
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Seafood industry welcomes funding for endangered sea lions

The announcement today that the Government will contribute $2.8 million over four years to fund further research into the mortality of sea lions has been welcomed by the seafood industry.

Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister, Maggie Barry made the announcement a short time ago, and acknowledged the fishing...

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International fisheries scientists meet in Nelson to share world-leading ideas

Press release: Deepwater Group Ltd, 3 April 2017 Scientists from more than 20 countries are meeting in Nelson this week for an international conference to discuss the latest advances in fisheries technology. This is the first time the global organisation ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) has held a conference in New Zealand and...
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Seafood industry funds conservation expedition to Snares Islands

Press release: Deepwater Group Ltd, 31 March 2017 A science expedition led by Paul Sagar is setting off to the Snares Islands for an annual survey of Southern Buller’s albatross, and while there also collecting Skua seabird poo for the Department of Conservation (DOC). The endemic Southern Buller’s albatross is unusual among albatrosses in that it breeds...
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Sustainable New Zealand Seafood Promoted

Press release: Deepwater Group Ltd, 31 March 2017 Australians are being told to choose New Zealand seafood on Sustainable Seafood Day, which will be celebrated on 31 March throughout Australia. This is because over 50% of New Zealand’s wild catch is now certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. Sustainable Seafood Day is an annual initiative...
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Deepwater Group welcomes Kermadec research

Press release: Deepwater Group Ltd, 16 February 2017 The discoveries of new species made by NIWA on a 20-day scientific voyage to the remote Kermadec region have been welcomed by deep sea fishers, who encourage further scientific exploration of this vast untouched ocean northeast of New Zealand.
George Clement, Chief Executive of Deepwater...
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