SBW6B, SBW6I & SBW6R are currently certified sustainable through the Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard.

DWG undertakes to make all non-confidential information that is provided to the Conformance Assessment Body publicly available on this webpage to ensure all documents are easily accessible by all participants.

Principle 1

"A fishery must be conducted in a manner that does not lead to over-fishing or depletion of the exploited populations and, for those populations that are depleted, the fishery must be conducted in a manner that demonstrably leads to their recovery."

The intent of this principle is to ensure that the productive capacities of the resources are maintained at high levels and are not sacrificed in favour of short term interests.

Principle 2

"Fishing operations should allow for the maintenance of the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem (including habitat and associated dependent and ecologically related species) on which the fishery depends."

The intent of this principle is to encourage management of fisheries from an ecosystem perspective under a system designed to restrain the impacts of the fishery on the ecosystem.

Abraham & Thompson (2010) Summary of captures for seabirds, marine mammals and turtles in turtles in New Zealand commercial fisheries.

New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No 80 (Part 1)(Part 2) (Part 3)
Abraham & Thompson (2011) Estimated capture of seabirds in New Zealand trawl and longline fisheries (2002-03 to 2008-09). New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No 79

Bagley et al. (2013). A review of hoki and middle depth summer trawl surveys of the Sub-Antarctic, November December 1991-1993 and 2000-2009. New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report No 41. 69 p.

[Supplement A] [Supplement B] [Supplement C] [Supplement D] Bagley et al. (2013) Trawl survey of hoki and middle-depth species in the Southland and Sub-Antarctic Areas (Nov-Dec 2011). New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report No 23. 71 p

Bagley et al. (2014) Trawl survey of hoki and middle-depth species in the Southland and Sub-Antarctic Areas (Nov-Dec 2012). New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report No 12. 73p

Baker et al (2013) New Zealand sea lion Aerial Survey Report. POP 2012-01. Department of Conservation. 11 p

Berkenbusch et al (2013) New Zealand marine mammals and commercial fisheries. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No 119. 113 p

Black et al. (2013). Monitoring New Zealand’s trawl footprint for deepwater fisheries: 1989–1990 to 2009–2010. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 110. 57 p.
Black (2014) Analysis of New Zealand’s Trawl Grounds for New Zealand Southern Blue Whiting Fisheries 2011-12.

DOC (2013) Conservation Services Programme draft Annual Research Summary 2012-13. Department of Conservaion. 66 p

DWG (2012) Operational Procedures Marine Mammals Operational Procedures. Version 7 [10 Commandments Marine Mammals] DWG (2013) Meeting Notes. SBW6I Vessel Operators Meeting on Sealion Interactions. 10 Oct 2013

DWG (2014) Estimation of Safe Limits for Sea Lion Mortalities in the SBW6I Fishery

DWG (2014) Minutes. ORH & SBW Consultation Meeting. 21 Jan 2014

DWG (2014) Plan for Management of New Zealand sea lion interactions in SBW6I

DWG (2014) SBW Catch and TACC Information

MPI (2014) Final Advice Paper on the Sustainability Measures for Southern Blue Whiting (SBW6I)
MPI (2014) National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (NPOA Sharks). 36 p

MPI (2013) Action Points from Deepwater EEF - 16 Dec 2013

MPI (2013) Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Annual Review (AEBAR 2013). 540 p.

MPI (2013) National Plan of Action to reduce incidental catch of Seabirds (NPOA Seabirds). 63 p

MPI (2013) New Zealand sea lion interactions in SBW6I. Presentation for Deepwater EEF

Richard & Abraham (2013). Application of Potential Biological Removal methods to seabird populations. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 108. 30p.
Richard & Abraham (2013). Risk of commercial fisheries to New Zealand seabird populations. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 109. 58p. [Supplementary] Roberts (2014) PBR assessment for the Campbell Island population of New Zealand sea lions. Final Draft Client Report. 26 p

Taylor et al. (2003) Suggested Guidelines for Recovery Factors for Endangered Marine Mammals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. AEWG 2014-13 Info.

Thompson et al. (2013) Marine mammal bycatch in New Zealand Trawl Fisheries (1995-96 to 2010-11). New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report. No 105. 77 p

Principle 3

"The fishery is subject to an effective management system that respects local, national and international laws and standards and incorporates institutional and operational frameworks that require use of the resource to be responsible and sustainable."

The intent of this principle is to ensure that there is an institutional and operational framework for implementing Principles 1 and 2, appropriate to the size and scare of the fishery.

public certification report

You can read the final public certification report here.