LIN3, LIN4, LIN5, LIN6 & LIN7 ARE CURRENTLY CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE THROUGH THE MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL FISHERIES STANDARD. TO VIEW THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR THE MSC ASSESSMENT OF NEW ZEALAND LING FISHERIES, CLICK HERE.
Ling is a primeval looking fish harvested by trawl and longline by both the inshore (from New Zealand’s coastline out to 12 nautical miles) and deepwater (from 12 to 200 nautical miles) fleet – mainly from New Zealand’s southern and sub-Antarctic waters. The ling fisheries overlap with the hoki and hake fisheries. As such, they are often considered and managed as a ‘complex’ due to the influence they have on each other and the additive effects that may result.
In 2014, five ling longline and five ling trawl fisheries were certified as sustainable against the rigorous Marine Stewardship Council standard - the 'gold standard' for sustainable seafood production.
- Trawl and longline fishery (depths of ~400-600m)
- Managed as five biological fish stocks: Chatham Rise (LIN3 and 4), Sub-Antarctic (LIN5 and part of 6), Bounty Plateau (part of LIN6), west coast South Island (part of LIN7), Cook Strait (parts of both LIN2 and 7)
- DWG represents each stock and 87% of the total quota
- Live on seabed and at times inhabit burrows feeding on crustaceans and small fish
- Live to ~30 years
- Five of New Zealand's ling fisheries are certified sustainable by the internationally-recognised Marine Stewardship Council
- Firm white flesh that can be cooked in cubes or used for sashimi
* ‘Known distribution range’ provides an indication of where ling are likely to be found based on all known records of ling collected from research and commercial activities. They may be found elsewhere. ‘Main fishing grounds’ is based on the trawl footprint for the last ten years, only a fraction of this is trawled annually