Ministry for Primary Industries

Orange roughy fisheries certified as sustainable

Press Release: 9 December 2016, Minister Nathan Guy and Ministry for Primary Industries Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed certification of several orange roughy fisheries by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). “This is a great success and recognition for a fishery that was in real trouble in the early 1990s,” says Mr Guy. “A huge amount of...
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Speech to the Seafood New Zealand 2015 Conference

Thank you for the invitation to open the 2015 New Zealand Seafood Industry Conference. Your industry is vital to the economy, especially regional economies, directly providing 8000 jobs and earning more than $1.5 billion in export revenue each year. This year’s conference has a great theme. “Sustainable Seafood – Adding Value” is a perfect summary of where...
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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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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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Squid fishery decision reflects new research

PRESS RELEASE BY NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT AT 2:22PM, 02 AUG 2012 Primary Industries Minister David Carter says updated scientific research has played a key part in his decision on management measures for the Auckland Islands squid trawl fishery (SQU6T). Mr Carter today announced the maximum number of accidental fishing related sea lion deaths for the 2012/13 fishing...
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Speech to the Deepwater Group – celebrating MSC certification

  21 February 2013   By Nathan Guy I want to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the New Zealand fishing industry in gaining Marine Stewardship Council certification of these three important fisheries. These certification processes are very thorough. They have to be, if they are going to be meaningful. This achievement represents a major joint effort by the fishing industry, the...
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Changes to catch limits backed by science

 22 September 2010 Changes to commercial catch limits for orange roughy and hoki announced today are proof that the quota management system is working, says Deepwater Group Ltd chief executive George Clement. “These limits have been set by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture using independent scientific information and include consideration of submissions from a wide range...
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