Our History

2017
Industry launches OpenSeas, a transparency tool profiling the credentials of New Zealand fish
2016
New Zealand’s three largest orange roughy fisheries achieve MSC certification representing around 70% of the orange roughy catch
2016
DWG supports DOC’s Sea Lion Threat Management Plan and makes further suggestions by way of submission
2014
New Zealand hake and ling achieve MSC certification
2014
DWG supports the establishment of three new marine reserves around the sub-Antarctic islands
2012
New Zealand southern blue whiting achieves MSC certification
2011
DWG CEO invited as a member on the Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit (Marine Programme)
2006
Industry proposes the development of Benthic Protection Areas to the New Zealand Government. The following year they are enshrined in law after public consultation on proposals
2005
All vessels must follow Environmental Codes of Practice to mitigate environmental interactions and adhere to international best practice
2005
Deepwater Group (DWG) Ltd formed to provide a collective voice for deepwater quota owners
2001
Hoki achieves MSC certification – the first major whitefish fishery in the world to do so