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Our response to Seaspiracy

Ray Hilborn and his colleagues at Sustainable Fisheries UW have set up a scientific resource library on their website to combat misinformation and to explain the science of sustainable seafood. In this 3,000-word point-by-point scientific rebuttal to Seaspiracy, they dive into the science and data. Basically, most of the filmmakers' claims come from very old, outdated studies and/or egregious misunderstandings.

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NZ’s First Sustainable Seafood Week

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is launching New Zealand’s first-ever Sustainable Seafood Week to celebrate the leadership of MSC certified fisheries in Aotearoa while empowering Kiwis to choose sustainable seafood to ensure we have seafood for generations to come.

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October round of fisheries decisions

Catch limits will be increased for 26 fisheries and reduced for three fisheries as part of a regular round of reviews designed to ensure ongoing sustainability of fisheries resources.

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Kiwi seafood companies collaborate to help iwi

Top-quality seafood has been slashed in price in an effort to support iwi during COVID-19. Sealord and Moana New Zealand have been providing their products at discounted prices – up to 70 percent off their retail value – with iwi purchasing the product in large quantities to distribute them to whanau for free.

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2019 Posts:

For those inspired by stories of the Kraken, here’s one for you.
This five-kilo beast was recently brought aboard the FV Independent while mid-water trawling for arrow squid at the Snares.

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Changes to Sea lion protections in Auckland Islands

New Zealand sea lions are a national taonga. They were hunted to near extinction in the 1800s, but have been recovering since hunting was prohibited. Their threat classification has recently been upgraded from Nationally Critical to Nationally Vulnerable to reflect signs of population recovery, says Fisheries New Zealand Director of Fisheries Management, Stuart Anderson.

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Orange roughy stocks continue recovery

Two orange roughy fisheries – one in the Tasman, the other centred in the Pacific and the sub-Antarctic – received substantial quota increases in the sustainability round that came into effect on 1 October 2019, the start of the new fishing year.

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Fisheries decisions ensure sustainability

Press release from New Zealand Government Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Fisheries. Friday 27 September 2019


Commercial catch limits for tarakihi will be reduced by a further 10 per cent as part of a package of measures to ensure sustainability of a number of fish stocks around the country.

Rare Red Squid

For those inspired by stories of the Kraken, here’s one for you.
This five-kilo beast was recently brought aboard the FV Independent while mid-water trawling for arrow squid at the Snares.

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Seafood sustainability improves and meets international standards

The Environment Aotearoa Report 2019, released today by the Ministry for the Environment and StatsNZ, shows the environmental performance of New Zealand’s seafood industry has improved markedly. Recognition of this is welcomed by the Deepwater Group, representing the deepwater seafood sector including quota owners harvesting hoki, hake, ling, southern blue whiting, squid, jack mackerel, orange roughy...
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2018 Posts:

For those inspired by stories of the Kraken, here’s one for you.
This five-kilo beast was recently brought aboard the FV Independent while mid-water trawling for arrow squid at the Snares.

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BPAs and MPAs – Is There a Difference?

New Zealand’s Benthic Protection Areas (BPAs) are internationally-recognised as a type of Marine Protected Area (MPA).  The IUCN recognises seven categories of MPAs and BPAs meet Category VI.

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MSC validates New Zealand seafood sustainability

With seventeen New Zealand fisheries recertified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in September, some 50 percent of New Zealand’s wild marine catch now holds this gold standard of sustainability...

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Fisheries New Zealand sustainability round 2018

This year’s sustainability round, announced by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash (September 2018), saw 11 catch limits increase and 12 decrease.
A decrease in catch has very real consequences for fishing families and should not be taken lightly, however we must be prepared to act when stocks need to be rebuilt...

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Skipper of the month – Jake McFedries

Fishing has always been an integral part of Jake McFedries’ life.
With a father who spent a fair amount of time recreationally fishing, McFedries practically grew up on the water. Being surrounded by boats and anglers and with his own love for the sea, McFedries knew he wanted to make a career out of fishing...

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Revolutionising ocean forecasting – the Moana Project

The Tasman Sea is warming at one of the fastest rates on earth, bringing widespread implications for the marine environment.

Despite New Zealand having one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the world, there is limited information available to measure, monitor and predict how ocean warming will affect New Zealand waters.

The Moana Project has set out to address this...

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New Zealand hoki quota owners proactively choosing to reduce catch

New Zealand hoki quota owners proactively choosing to reduce catch

Published: 26 September 2018

Quota owners in the New Zealand hoki fishing industry have announced today they have proactively chosen to reduce the amount of hoki they will catch next year, in response to changing patterns they are observing in one of the...

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Increased catches from deepwater fisheries supported by science

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash today (19/9/2018) announced his decisions on changes to fisheries catch limits from 1 October 2018.

Thirty-two catch limits were reviewed in this sustainability round.

Four deepwater fisheries were reviewed and each had their Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) limits increased, decisions supported by the best available science.

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The Squid Fishery and New Zealand Sea Lions

The Squid Fishery and New Zealand Sea Lions

Published: 28 August 2018

What’s causing the decline of sea lions? And what’s the remedy?

The New Zealand sea lion population at Auckland Islands (Figure 1) is assessed to have declined from around...

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Skipper of the month – Elle Kibblewhite

Skipper of the month - Elle Kibblewhite

Published: 25 July 2018

Elle Kibblewhite has plenty of sea-faring achievements to her name. At 16, Elle began working with her Dad, Richard, cray fishing and set netting on Splashzone 2 during the summer. She also gained her commercial electrician’s trade certificate.

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Leaked Risk Profile Reports Show MPI is Effectively Monitoring Fisheries Compliance

Leaked Risk Profile Reports Show MPI is Effectively Monitoring Fisheries Compliance

Published: 8 June 2018

Summary

  • Two confidential internal Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) reports that profiled compliance risks in the hoki and southern blue whiting fisheries during 2011 and 2012 were leaked to the media.
  • Media reports claim that these reports reveal wholesale misreporting in these...
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The definitive word on the leaked fisheries reports from MPI

The definitive word on the leaked fisheries reports from MPI

Published: 1 June 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has announced that it is releasing historical reports dealing with compliance risk profiling of the southern blue whiting fishery.

In this video, MPI's manager of compliance investigations, Gary...

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Fisheries New Zealand launched

Fisheries New Zealand launched

Published: 16 May 2018

The newly launched Fisheries New Zealand (FNZ) will focus on stakeholder engagement and innovation.

That was the message from the business unit’s new head Dan Bolger and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash at the launch...

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Ocean Bounty season two underway

Ocean Bounty season two underway

Published: 16 May 2018

Ocean Bounty, an hour-long documentary series on commercial fishing, began its second season on 13 May.

It's a 13 episode series that screens on Three at 5pm each Sunday.

Hosted by Graeme...

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Majority of New Zealand’s wild-caught seafood MSC certified as sustainable

Majority of New Zealand’s wild-caught seafood MSC certified as sustainable

Published: 14 May 2018

With half of New Zealand’s total seafood production certified to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) sustainability standard and 70 percent of the deep water catch certified, New Zealand’s Deepwater Group (DWG) welcomes yesterday’s inaugural...

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OpenSeas playbook launched

OpenSeas playbook launched

Published: 24 April 2018

OpenSeas has released a playbook on the programme.

The comprehensive guide aims to help New Zealand seafood companies understand the range of tools available and find ways to best utilise the programme within their businesses.

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Southern blue whiting TACC gets big bump

Southern blue whiting TACC gets big bump

Published: 24 April 2018

Fishing for southern blue whiting at the Bounty Platform has been given a significant boost.

The Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) for SBW 6B has been...

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DWG collaborates with DOC to conserve sea lions

DWG collaborates with DOC to conserve sea lions

Published: 26 March 2018

Scientists are using GPS technology and remote cameras to help them to better understand how to prevent New Zealand sea lion pups dying on Campbell Island.

They also tested the use of a drone to count sea...

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Fishermen endorse Industry Code of Conduct

Fishermen endorse Industry Code of Conduct

Published: 26 March 2018

Commercial fishermen have reinforced their support for the industry Code of Conduct.

The code was developed by Seafood New Zealand and endorsed by New Zealand’s major fishing companies to reinforce last year’s Promise media campaign.

The code is being taken...

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New technology deployed to prevent sea lion pup deaths

New technology deployed to prevent sea lion pup deaths

Published: 23 February 2018

Scientists from the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Deepwater Group (DWG) say GPS technology and remote cameras are helping them better understand how to prevent sea lion pups from dying on the subantarctic...

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MSC making changes

MSC making changes

Published: 21 February 2018

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is constantly reviewing and refining its standards and certification requirements.  Deepwater Group is an active participant in these reviews and, alongside others from MSC-certified fisheries, is focussed on ensuring any changes are backed by science and...

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Environmental organisations unsure how science works

Environmental organisations unsure how science works

Published: 21 February 2018

Recent attacks from environmental organisations on the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and New Zealand’s seafood industry have reached a new level of banality and predictability.

As MSC continues to succeed and to certify more and more of the well...

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Seafood industry welcomes considered approach to cameras on vessels

Seafood industry welcomes considered approach to cameras on vessels

Published: 14 February 2018

The New Zealand seafood industry has welcomed confirmation by Stuart Nash, the Fisheries Minister, that the Government is reconsidering a proposal to install cameras on all commercial fishing vessels.

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MSC Response to New Zealand Fisheries Article

From Ecologist, dated 24 March 2017. "In its Right of Reply to our recent article questioning the sustainability of New Zealand fishing practices, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) explains its certification is based on current and not historical practices....." Read the full article here...
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Fishing industry dismisses claim fishery should not be certified sustainable

Fishing industry dismisses claim fishery should not be certified sustainable

Published: 26 January 2018

Accusations that the fishing industry is responsible for any population decrease of Salvin’s albatross are untrue and has been dismissed by Deepwater Group chief executive, George Clement.

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Japan and NZ collaborate on seabirds

Japan and NZ collaborate on seabirds

Published: 19 December 2017

New Zealand seabird experts met with a group from Japan to share information on seabird mitigation and bycatch in November.

Five scientists from Japan's National Research Institute for Far Seas Fisheries met with various people closely involved in seabird...

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Changes needed to recreational fisheries management – report

Changes needed to recreational fisheries management - report

Published: 18 December 2017

Peak bodies and recreational reporting were the big talking points when the New Zealand Initiative launched The Future Catch in Wellington.

The report pushes for the establishment of an organisation to represent recreational fishers, in similar vein...

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New dedicated fisheries entity announced

New dedicated fisheries entity announced

Published: 18 December 2017

A new fisheries-dedicated unit has been announced by the Government.

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) functions are being reset, with four new portfolio-based entities announced, including Fisheries New Zealand, Forestry New Zealand, Biosecurity New Zealand and New Zealand Food...

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A decade delivering sustainability

A decade delivering sustainability

Published: 18 December 2017

Deepwater Group (DWG) celebrated more than ten years delivering healthy fisheries at their recent annual general meeting.

Established in 2005, DWG was a merger of the hoki, squid and orange roughy management companies, with a mandate for delivering the best-managed deepwater...

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Public perception of fisheries management at odds with international reputation – TNC

Public perception of fisheries management at odds with international reputation - TNC

Published: 16 November 2017

New Zealand fisheries’ Quota Management System (QMS) is being presented as an international example by a prominent US-based conservation group. 

The long established The... more...

Research project to save sea lion pups

Research project to save sea lion pups

Published: 16 November 2017

Mud holes at Campbell Island (Blue Planet Marine, 2015)

Deepwater Group is funding a novel research project as a part of a field trip to monitor sea lion...

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IEMRS being slowed down

IEMRS being slowed down

Published: 15 November 2017

Commercial fishers are welcoming the announcement that the implementation of the Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS) will be slowed down.

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said he has instructed Ministry for Primary Industries...

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Commercial fishermen support getting digital monitoring right

Commercial fishermen support getting digital monitoring right

Published: 14 November 2017

Deepwater Group, which represent commercial fishermen in New Zealand’s deep-water fisheries, support the Labour Government’s decision to slow down the implementation of IEMRS (Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System) to ensure... more...

Large-scale changes bring opportunity for further collaboration

Large-scale changes bring opportunity for further collaboration

Published: 17 October 2017

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The seafood industry and the Ministry for Primary Industries continue to collaborate during the rollout of the Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS).

The...

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Seabird experts flock to Wellington

Seabird experts flock to Wellington

Published: 17 October 2017

 

Seabird experts migrated to New Zealand from throughout the world last month to discuss the most recent developments in science and conservation.

For two weeks, Wellington was home to the Agreement on the...

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Fish stocks on the rise

Fish stocks on the rise

Published: 17 October 2017

Increased biomass in red gurnard and orange roughy fisheries has seen a rise in catch limits.

The Ministry for Primary Industries announced the adjustments as part of their twice-yearly fisheries sustainability review.

The orange...

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Another orange roughy success story

Another orange roughy success story

Published: 22 September 2017

An orange roughy fishery south of Stewart Island has been given the green light to reopen after 19 years.

In 1998, the seafood... more...

Update on Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System

Update on IEMRS

Published: 15 September 2017

Progress is being made with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) towards the considered and staged implementation of Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS).

MPI’s high level objectives - to verify self-reporting of catches, to collect more information on catches, and...

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Seabird Smart Award winners announced

Seabird Smart Award winners announced

Published: 15 September 2017

A fleet of West Coast surface long liners has been awarded the 2017 Seabird Smart Award.

Altair Fishing Ltd was crowned for their commitment to seabird mitigation across their five vessels.

Chair of the Southern Seabird Solutions Trust Bill Mansfield said...

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Orange roughy biomass surveys completed

Orange roughy biomass surveys completed

Published: 9 August 2017

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Two acoustic biomass surveys of orange roughy were successfully completed in June-July 2017.

These surveys were the result of a collaborative effort between government, scientists and industry.

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Seafood assurance programme launched

Seafood assurance programme launched

Published: 9 August 2017

The New Zealand seafood industry now has a one-stop source for information.

OpenSeas is a third-party verified, broad-based transparency initiative designed to enable customers of New Zealand seafood, primarily international customers, a single, comprehensive source of information about the environmental, social...

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Collaborative conservation a success at seafood conference

Collaborative conservation a success at NZ Seafood Industry conference

Published: 9 August 2017

Collaborative conservation was high on the agenda at the New Zealand Seafood Industry conference in Wellington last week.

Speakers noted the success of the ongoing work between fishers, iwi, scientists, conservation groups and government to protect...

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One-stop source for New Zealand seafood information launched

One-stop source for New Zealand seafood information launched

Published: 3 August 2017

OpenSeas website

A one-stop source for information on New Zealand seafood was launched at the New Zealand Seafood Industry conference in Wellington... more...

Seafood exports set to top $2 billion

Seafood exports set to top $2 billion

Published: 3 August 2017

Seafood exports are predicted to hit a record $2 billion annually by 2020.

That is according to the Ministry for Primary Industries 2017 Situation and Outlook report.

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Smart management to pay off for fishers

Smart management to pay off for fishers

Published: 12 July 2017

After nearly 20 years of closure by industry, another orange roughy stock, this time off the bottom of the South Island, is about to be re-opened to fishing.

The catch limit...

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Deepwater Group welcomes New Zealand Sea Lion Threat Management Plan

Deepwater Group welcomes New Zealand Sea Lion Threat Management Plan

Published: 3 July 2017

The Deepwater Group, which represents New Zealand’s deepwater fishing sector, welcomes the New Zealand Sea Lion Threat Management Plan released today by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and... more...

Hoki stocks highest this century

Hoki stocks highest this century

Published: 7 June 2017

Decreases in hoki quota during the 2000s are paying dividends with large increases in both stocks over the last eight years.

These increases were outlined in the Ministry for Primary Industries recently-released report The...

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More breeding albatrosses at remote Snares Islands

More breeding albatrosses at remote Snares Islands

Published: 7 June 2017

An annual southern Buller's albatross census on the Snares Islands has been successful with more breeding pairs counted and banded.

These remote islands, 120 km south of Stewart Island, are...

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Seafood industry welcomes funding for endangered sea lions

The announcement today that the Government will contribute $2.8 million over four years to fund further research into the mortality of sea lions has been welcomed by the seafood industry.

Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister, Maggie Barry made the announcement a short time ago, and acknowledged the fishing...

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International fisheries scientists meet in Nelson to share world-leading ideas

International fisheries scientists meet in Nelson to share world-leading ideas

Press release: Deepwater Group Ltd, 3 April 2017

Scientists from more than 20 countries are meeting in Nelson this week for an international conference to discuss the latest advances in fisheries technology.

This is the first time the global organisation ICES (International Council...

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Seafood industry funds conservation expedition to Snares Islands

Seafood industry funds conservation expedition to Snares Islands

Press release: Deepwater Group Ltd, 31 March 2017

A science expedition led by Paul Sagar is setting off to the Snares Islands for an annual survey of Southern Buller’s albatross, and while there also collecting Skua seabird poo for the Department of Conservation (DOC).

The...

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Sustainable New Zealand Seafood Promoted

Sustainable New Zealand Seafood Promoted

Press release: Deepwater Group Ltd, 31 March 2017

Australians are being told to choose New Zealand seafood on Sustainable Seafood Day, which will be celebrated on 31 March throughout Australia. This is because over 50% of New Zealand’s wild catch is now certified as sustainable by the...

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Deepwater Group welcomes Kermadec research

Deepwater Group welcomes Kermadec research

Press release: Deepwater Group Ltd, 16 February 2017

The discoveries of new species made by NIWA on a 20-day scientific voyage to the remote Kermadec region have been welcomed by deep sea fishers, who encourage further scientific exploration of this vast untouched ocean northeast of New...

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