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MSC validates New Zealand seafood sustainability

MSC validates New Zealand seafood sustainability

With seventeen New Zealand fisheries recertified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in September, some 50 percent of New Zealand’s wild marine catch now holds this gold standard of sustainability. Only 12 percent of the world’s wild-caught seafood has MSC certification...
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Sustainability round

Fisheries New Zealand sustainability round

This year’s sustainability round, announced by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash last week, saw 11 catch limits increase and 12 decrease. A decrease in catch has very real consequences for fishing families and should not be taken lightly, however we must be prepared to act...
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Skipper of the month – Jake McFedries

Skipper of the month – Jake McFedries

Fishing has always been an integral part of Jake McFedries’ life. With a father who spent a fair amount of time recreationally fishing, McFedries practically grew up on the water. Being surrounded by boats and anglers and with his own love for the...
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Revolutionising ocean forecasting – the Moana Project

Revolutionising ocean forecasting - the Moana Project

The Tasman Sea is warming at one of the fastest rates on earth, bringing widespread implications for the marine environment. Despite New Zealand having one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the world, there is limited information available to measure,...
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New Zealand hoki quota owners proactively choosing to reduce catch

New Zealand hoki quota owners proactively choosing to reduce catch

Quota owners in the New Zealand hoki fishing industry have announced today (26/9/2018) they have proactively chosen to reduce the amount of hoki they will catch next year, in response to changing patterns they are observing in one of the five hoki...

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Increased catches from deepwater fisheries supported by science

Increased catches from deepwater fisheries supported by science

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash today (19/9/2018) announced his decisions on changes to fisheries catch limits from 1 October 2018.

Thirty-two catch limits were reviewed in this sustainability round. Four deepwater fisheries were reviewed and each had their Total Allowable Commercial Catch... Read more

The Squid Fishery and New Zealand Sea Lions

The Squid Fishery and New Zealand Sea Lions

[caption id="attachment_6371" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Figure 1: Location of sea lion breeding sites in New Zealand. The Auckland Islands breeding site is the one that intersects with the squid fishery. Source: DOC Threat Management Plan (left) and Tamzin Henderson (right).[/caption] What’s causing the...
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Skipper of the Month – Elle Kibblewhite

Skipper of the month - Elle Kibblewhite

Elle Kibblewhite has plenty of sea-faring achievements to her name. At 16, Elle began working with her Dad, Richard, cray fishing and set netting on Splashzone 2 during the summer. She also gained her commercial electrician’s trade certificate. Now 23, Elle has since gone...
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Skipper of the Month: Stephan Fridell

Skipper of the Month:

Stephan Fridell – Skipper on Sealord’s Tokatu

After 40 days at sea and even longer away from his family, just moments after setting foot on dry land, Skipper Stephan Fridell received just what every Dad would be longing for – a huge bear hug from...
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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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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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The Story of New Zealand Orange Roughy

The story of New Zealand orange roughy:  From the “poster child” of unsustainable fishing to Marine Stewardship Council assessment.

By P.L. Cordue and originally published on CFOOD. In the late 1970s, a “huge” new fisheries resource was discovered in deep water on the north Chatham Rise. In the early days, there was somewhat of a gold...
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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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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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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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