Southern Blue Whiting (SBW)

SBW6B, SBW6I & SBW6R ARE CURRENTLY CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE THROUGH THE MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL FISHERIES STANDARD. TO VIEW THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR THE MSC ASSESSMENT OF NEW ZEALAND SOUTHERN BLUE WHITING FISHERIES, SECOND SURVEILLANCE AUDIT, CLICK HERE.


Most of the southern blue whiting catch comes from the Bounty Platform and Campbell Island Rise given the large numbers there. They are harvested mainly by mid-water and semi-pelagic trawl.

New Zealand southern blue whiting were the first blue whiting fisheries in the world to gain Marine Stewardship Council certification, the ‘gold standard’ for sustainable fisheries performance.

Common Name

Southern blue whiting

Scientific Name

Micromesistius australis

Ministry Code

SBW


Quick Facts

  • Trawl fishery (found 250-600m)
  • Managed as five fish stocks: Auckland Islands (SBW6A), Bounty Platform (SBW6B),
Campbell Island Rise (SBW6I), Pukaki Rise (SBW6R) and the rest of New Zealand’s EEZ (SBW1)
  • DWG represents each stock and 85% of the total quota
  • Schooling fish living near the seabed and moving up the water column at night to feed on plankton and small fish
  • Breed around 3-4 years, fast-growing, and live to 22 years
  • Certified sustainable by the internationally-recognised Marine Stewardship Council
  • White delicate flesh, low fat and flakes easily

* ‘Known distribution range’ provides an indication of where southern blue whiting are likely to be found based on all known records of southern blue whiting 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