Seafood New Zealand

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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Revolutionary new trawling method improves quality of catch

A revolutionary new sustainable trawling method is showing great potential for increasing the value of New Zealand’s fisheries by more than $43 million per year by 2025, industry leaders heard in Wellington today. The Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) technology known as a Modular Harvest System (MHS) is a potential replacement for traditional fishing methods. Using...
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Seizing the global opportunities for New Zealand seafood

The growing global demand for environmentally sustainable, natural, healthy food offers great opportunities for the New Zealand seafood industry, Seafood New Zealand Chairman George Clement says. Speaking at the New Zealand Seafood Industry Conference in Wellington today, Mr Clement referred to the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) prediction that global food production will need to increase...
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New Zealand fish stocks performing well

New Zealand’s fisheries are performing well overall, Dr Pamela Mace, the Principal Advisor Fisheries Science, with the Ministry for Primary Industries said today. She was providing an update on the status of New Zealand’s marine fisheries at the New Zealand Seafood Industry conference. “New Zealand’s fisheries are performing extremely well overall, at least as good as or...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Seafood Industry and Conservation Groups to Protect Seabirds

The New Zealand seafood industry congratulated Southern Seabird Solution Trust’s on its short film “Sharing Worlds, Seabirds and Fishing” which was launched today by the Hon Nick Smith, the Minister of Conservation at the Royal Albatross Centre on the Otago Peninsula. The film highlights Otago fishing and conservation working together for the benefit of seabirds like...
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New Zealand Seafood Industry Welcomes EPA

The New Zealand seafood industry welcomes the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision to decline Trans-Tasman Resources’ (TTR) application to mine the South Taranaki Bight. Seafood New Zealand chairman, George Clement says the decision was the right one given concerns about the impact of mining activity on New Zealand’s fisheries. “Our fisheries are an important and valuable resource, and...
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Audit supports industry actions to protect sea lions

6 November 2013 Measures adopted by the seafood industry to reduce sea lion captures in the southern blue whiting fishery have been supported in an independent review by global experts in sustainability. The measures in place include: real-time monitoring and responses, avoidance of nets on or near to the surface, management of offal discharges,...
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Orange roughy – a new chapter

  1 November, 2013 Orange roughy fishing began in New Zealand on the Chatham Rise in the late 1970s, developing in other areas within our Exclusive Economic Zone over the following two decades. Firm, moist white flesh, year-round availability and a mild flavour ensured orange roughy’s popularity in New Zealand and overseas. Catches peaked in the late...
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New seafood industry research funding confirmed

  24 May 2013   Seafood Innovations Limited has secured government support for funding new seafood industry research investment over the next seven years.  This support is contingent on the New Zealand seafood industry committing matching co-funding to the research programme. SIL is the joint venture research company of Seafood New Zealand and Plant and Food Research. The Ministry of...
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New Zealand seafood industry welcomes the National Plan of Action – Seabirds

  24 April 2013   The New Zealand seafood industry welcomes the new National Plan of Action – Seabirds launched today by the Minister for Primary Industries, the Hon Nathan Guy. “The Ministry for Primary Industries has involved many groups including industry and environmental NGOs, in developing the National Plan of Action. This collaborative approach has led to common-sense...
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Greens urged to help find a solution

19 December 2011   The seafood industry urges the Greens to work with industry and government to collectively find the real reason for the decline in sea lion numbers. “Like the Greens we are concerned about the decline in sea lion pup numbers but MAF’s recent independent research is telling us that sea lions don’t sustain severe trauma...
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