Deepwater Group Ltd

New Zealand Orange Roughy Gets Top International Sustainability Tick

Press Release: Seafood New Zealand and Deepwater Group, December 9, 2016

New Zealand’s three largest orange roughy fisheries have been certified as meeting the international gold standard for sustainable fishing by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)  (MSC release). 

This achievement further demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to sustainable fisheries management, Deepwater...

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The Seafood Industry Supports Huge Antarctic Marine Reserve

ross-sea-mpa The declaration of the Ross Sea marine reserve demonstrates protection, conservation, and sustainable commercial fishing can go hand in hand. Agreement to progress with the world’s largest marine reserve, spanning 1.55 million square kilometres of Antarctic waters, was announced last week. Final details are still to be...
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New Zealand Oreo Fisheries Withdrawn from MSC Assessment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 (Smooth Oreo (SSO4) Trawl Fishery, Black Oreo (BOE3A) Trawl Fishery, and Smooth Oreo (SSO3A) Trawl Fishery) have been withdrawn from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment.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New Zealand Squid Fisheries Withdrawn from MSC Assessment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fisheries (New Zealand EEZ Squid Trawl Fishery (SQU1T) and Auckland Islands Squid Trawl Fishery (SQU6T)) have been withdrawn from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment.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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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 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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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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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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Deepwater Confident of Meeting Ling Fisheries Conditions

The main New Zealand ling fisheries have been assessed as meeting the high sustainability standards set by the international Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Ten ling fisheries have been assessed and these are part of the 29 New Zealand fisheries that are either already certified as meeting the MSC standards or are in the processes of becoming...
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Seafood Industry Strongly Opposed to CRP Mining Application

Seafood Industry Strongly Opposed to CRP Mining Application for Chatham Rise The seafood industry strongly opposes Chatham Rock Phosphate’s application to mine the Chatham Rise, saying it will have “significant and irreversible adverse effects on the marine environment.” In its submission to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) the Deepwater Group says the environmental impacts of mining will...
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$16m export fish gets top sustainability marks

New Zealand hake, a small but growing white fish export to Spain, China and Japan, has received a glowing report in an independent assessment, taking it one step closer to achieving certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC holds the world’s best standards for sustainably managed fisheries. Its assessment process, which is transparent and...
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Call for seabed ‘legal anomalies’ to be resolved

The seafood industry wants the Environmental Protection Authority to defer any consideration on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s application to mine the Chatham Rise, until the legal anomalies of New Zealand’s Benthic Protected Areas are resolved. Chatham Rock Phosphate (CRP) has just submitted its marine consent application with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to mine in a Benthic...
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Five things you need to know about New Zealand Seafood Sustainability

31 March 2014 1. New Zealand has a globally recognised quota management system to ensure there will be seafood for future generations and that any environmental impacts are mitigated and minimised. 2. This is an essential part of an industry that provides $1.5 billion in export income for New Zealand and provides 600,000 tonnes of healthy, sustainable...
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Evidence that SLEDs save Sea lions

27 March, 2014 Dear Minister Guy, You have asked us for further information on the efficacy of SLEDs. Deepwater Group Ltd (DWG) represents the quota owners in New Zealand’s deepwater fisheries who are committed to ensuring that New Zealand’s EEZ fisheries are recognised as the best managed deepwater fisheries in the world.  Within this objective, the aspirational goal...
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Southern blue whiting fish stocks in good health

21 March, 2014 The Deepwater Group today welcomed the Minister for Primary Industries’ decision to raise the catch limit in the main southern blue whiting fishery near Campbell Island from 30,000 tonnes to 40,0000 tonnes. “This is the main southern blue whiting fishery and the very healthy state of the stock means that we...
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Deepwater Group supports sub-Antarctic marine reserves

The Deepwater Group is backing the three new Marine Reserves around the Sub-Antarctic island groups of Campbell, Bounty and Antipodies. Deepwater Group represents the fishing fleets which operate in the Southern Ocean.  These islands are listed as world heritage sites and were designated nature reserves in 1954. Deepwater CEO, George Clement, says these Marine Reserves, in which...
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Search for sea lion answers continues

The reason for the decline of the sea lion pup population on the Auckland Islands needs to be identified before a solution can be found, the New Zealand seafood industry says.

The Deepwater Group has welcomed the Minister for Primary Industries, David Carter’s statement today recognising squid fishing is not responsible for the sea lion population decline.

The Deepwater Group chief executive George Clement says the seafood industry fully backs the management measures in the squid fishery to protect sea lions from harm and the research to protect an important part of New Zealand’s unique biodiversity in the Southern Ocean.

“We support the Minister’s call for the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Department of Conservation to gather information on non-fishing-related impact, to determine the reason for a declining sea lion population,” George Clement says.

“We know that introduced diseases have decimated the sea lion colonies in these remote sub Antarctic islands in the past.  The pups are especially vulnerable.  Based on the numbers of sea lions found with wounds from shark bites, and the high juvenile mortality, we also need to assess the effects of predation by great white sharks.”

“Similar studies on sea lions overseas have identified a disease and predator double hit. The sub Antarctic is a hostile environment with many threats.  Declines have also occurred with elephant seals and penguins round the Campbell Islands, where there is no squid fishing.  New Zealand and international scientists have been trying to find the reasons for the changes in these populations for many years, but the real causes have yet to be identified.

George Clement said it was clear from New Zealand and international research in the Auckland Islands, that there are broader environmental, probably non-human, drivers at play, which need to be understood.  He says David Carter’s commitment today (2 Aug Eds) to more government research into ‘disease and ecosystem changes’ reflects this.

“Our industry has gone to great lengths to ensure fishing does not harm the sea lions.  We have refined sea lion exclusion devices (SLEDs), which allow sea lions to escape fishing nets alive and unharmed.  This has been a major achievement and this is why the Government has been able to say no sea lions have been accidently captured in this fishery in the past two seasons,” George Clement says.

“Every fishing vessel that has worked in the squid fishery near the Auckland Islands for the past five or six years has used SLEDs.  Many vessels carry Government observers to make sure they stay within the strict Government reporting and compliance requirements.”

George Clement says the seafood industry has contributed millions of dollars to Department of Conservation science programmes and to other independent research.  This includes measuring and assessing the environmental effects of fishing, minimising any impact, and independently monitoring and auditing fisheries’ performance.

ENDS

For more information:

George Clement CEO of the Deepwater Group

‘Ph 021 932 369021 932 369

 

For a short video illustrating the use of SLEDs, click here

Disease is killing 600 sea lion pups at the Auckland Islands each year

22 February 2014 Media Statement Embargoed to 9am Saturday 22 February 2014 Disease is killing 600 sea lion pups at the Auckland Islands each year. The disease Klebsiella pneumoniae is killing Auckland Island sea lions in unsustainable numbers. The Deepwater Group, which represents the squid fishing fleet off the Auckland Islands, has written to Conservation Minister Nick Smith on the eve of his departure...
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Stewart Island coastal clean-up: 20T of rubbish responsibly disposed

New Zealand is renowned for its scenic coastline but it’s not always as pretty as we may wish.  Various types of rubbish can be found washed up on our coasts, which is both unsightly and can create problems for the environment and wildlife. A committed group of local residents, council staff and fishermen have braved wild...
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New Zealand’s global reputation for protecting oceans at risk

November 8 2013 New Zealand’s underwater ‘national parks’, known as Benthic Protection Areas (BPAs), have been recognised internationally as Marine Protected Areas. The seafood industry is concerned that a proposal to mine the central Chatham Rise will put this protection at risk. “I call on Ministers to stop this strip-mining project before it’s too...
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Deepwater fish stocks in healthy state

  Reduced hoki catch limits over the past few years have paid off for New Zealand’s second most valuable fishery. Increases in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) levels, from 1 October, for a range of deepwater species, have just been announced by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy. Both the eastern and western...
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Moratorium on deep sea phosphate mining?

24 September, 2013 The Namibian Government has just imposed an eighteen month moratorium on a deep sea phosphate mining proposal identical to Chatham Rock Phosphate’s plan to mine off the coast of New Zealand. Like Chatham Rock Phosphate’s proposal for the Chatham Rise, the Namibian proposal would have dredged millions of tonnes of seabed...
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What have they got to hide?

September 11 2013 The company that wants to mine the seabed of a protected underwater ‘national park’ is refusing to share their analysis of the likely damage with the public or with the seafood industry. Chatham Rock Phosphate is preparing an application to strip mine large areas of the  seabed on the Chatham Rise.  Seabed mining at...
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Industry concerned with increased sea lion activity in southern ocean

5 September 2013   The southern blue whiting fishing fleet is making every effort to avoid sea lion captures in the Southern Ocean, after unprecedented numbers of sea lions have arrived in the remote fishery this season to forage around trawl nets. These animals, mostly young males, are feeding opportunistically on or in the...
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Strip mining threatens protected marine area

6 July 2013 Strip mining threatens protected marine area and future of sustainable fisheries An experimental plan to strip mine phosphate in one of New Zealand’s protected areas of pristine seabed risks ruining New Zealand’s sustainable fisheries and our international reputation. The deepwater seafood industry is challenging a proposal to mine phosphate beds within the...
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Auckland Island sea lion pup count up for second year

8 March, 2013 The decline in the number of sea lion pups on the Auckland Islands appears to have ended. After reaching a low point four years ago pup numbers are now on the increase with this season’s just announced count the highest in five years The seafood industry’s Deepwater Group says the increase...
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Hoki gets MSC certification for a record third time

28 September, 2012 New Zealand’s hoki fisheries were not only the first major whitefish fisheries in the world to earn Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, they are now one of the first in the world to be certified for a third time. “New Zealand’s hoki fisheries are recognised as some of the best sustainably-managed...
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Search for sea lion answers continues

2 August 2012 The reason for the decline of the sea lion pup population on the Auckland Islands needs to be identified before a solution can be found, the New Zealand seafood industry says. The Deepwater Group has welcomed the Minister for Primary Industries, David Carter's statement today recognising squid fishing is not responsible for the sea...
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Southern blue whiting certification

  3 May 2012 The Ministry for Primary Industries is welcoming certification by the Marine Stewardship Council of southern blue whiting fisheries managed under the Quota Management System. “This is further recognition of New Zealand’s leadership in sustainable fisheries management,” says Scott Gallacher, MPI Deputy Director-General. The London-based Marine Stewardship Council has announced it will certify the sustainability of...
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Southern blue whiting trawl fishery gains Stewardship tick

03 May 2012 New Zealand Southern blue whiting trawl fishery gains Marine Stewardship Council certification The New Zealand Southern blue whiting trawl fishery has been certified as sustainable against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for a sustainable and well managed fishery, and its products can now bear the blue MSC ecolabel. The fishery has...
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New Zealand hoki fishery seeks re-certification

  15 November, 2011 New Zealand’s largest commercial fishery on Tuesday announced that it is pursuing re-certification under the Marine Stewardship Council program. Hoki was the world’s first major whitefish fishery, and the third fishery ever, to earn MSC certification in 2001; it was re-certified in 2006. But there’s been some opposition from the environmental camp to the certification....
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Green herrings galore in lobby group statement

30 July, 2010 Environmental lobby group Greenpeace has once again relied on “green herrings” in its latest attack on New Zealand’s reputation, says Deepwater Group chief executive George Clement. The New Zealand seafood industry, which last year contributed about $1.4 billion to the country’s economy is renowned throughout the world as leading the way...
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New York Times story on hoki fisheries unreliable and misleading

September 17, 2009 In a rebuke to a New York Times story questioning the sustainability of New Zealand's hoki fisheries [From Deep Pacific, Ugly and Tasty, With a Catch, 09/09/09], the New Zealand Seafood Industry struck back today in an open letter to the newspaper detailing a variety of omissions and distortions in its reporting that...
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Industry supports precautionary approach for sea lions

19 December 2008 The seafood industry supports the Minister of Fisheries’ decision on sea lion by-catch numbers and will continue to work to reduce individual sea lion deaths. The Ministry of Fisheries announced a limit of 113 sea lion by-catches for the 2009 squid fishery this afternoon. Richard Wells, a fisheries specialist from the Deepwater Group Limited said...
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Orange roughy decision part of long term vision

29 September 2008 The Minister of Fisheries’ catch limit reductions for orange roughy on the East and South Chatham Rise announced yesterday are the result of a long term plan, said George Clement, chief executive, The Deepwater Group Ltd (DWG). “Quota owners are working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries to ensure sustainable management.  DWG fully...
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No warning of high seas fishing closure

1 December 2007 No warning of Minister’s announcement of high seas fishing closure Industry was surprised to learn of the Government’s agreement to close the orange roughy fishing grounds in international waters south of Australia today. “There was no prior warning or consultation with New Zealand business interests, which we expect from an open Government...
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World’s largest marine protection areas

World’s largest marine protection areas will exist forever from today The world’s largest marine protection areas were set in place forever today. This is cause for all New Zealanders to celebrate, said fishing industry leaders. “This is the largest marine area in the world to be closed for biodiversity protection. It officially passes into...
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orange roughy catch cuts ‘business as usual’

20 September 2006 ‘Business as usual and full support for the Minister’s decisions’ is how the Deepwater Group of fishing companies describes the Minister of Fisheries’ decision to reduce the commercial catch limits in some areas for orange roughy, said the group’s Chief Executive George Clement. “We agree with the Minister for the need to reduce the...
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