The Marine Stewardship Council has published a gallery-style eBook of MSC certified seafood titled ‘Sustainable seafood and where to find it’.
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.
OpenSeas continues to attract more and more users each month as the single source of reliable information on New Zealand’s key commercial fish species.
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...
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...
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...
New Zealand hoki quota owners proactively choosing to reduce catch
Quota owners in the New Zealand hoki fishing industry have announced today (26/9/2018) 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 five hoki...
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... Read more
Sustainability of New Zealand fisheries independently verified [caption id="attachment_6428" align="alignnone" width="762"] MSC-certified New Zealand hoki © Deepwater Group[/caption] Seventeen New Zealand fisheries harvesting hoki, hake, ling and southern blue whiting have been re-certified against the gold standard for sustainable seafood, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. After a 12-month independent assessment...Read more
Report on sea-trials of Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD) to deter seabirds from risk of trawl net captureJ Cleal and R Wells - 22 August 2018
BackgroundBetween 2000 and 2005 there was growing awareness and understanding of interactions between seabirds and deepwater trawlers (e.g. greater than 28m in length)...
Keeping our coastlines cleanSome 16.6 tonnes of rubbish was removed from Stewart Island’s coastline in this year’s coastal clean-up. The Stewart Island clean-up began in 2014 when thirty volunteers over three days removed 20 tonnes of waste and in the past few weeks the Southern Coastal Charitable Trust,...
Proposed TACC Changes for 1 October 2018Most of New Zealand’s commercial fisheries appear to be in good shape, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) latest sustainability round. Proposed TACC (Total Allowable Commercial Catch) changes include an increased catch for eleven species which are showing signs of...
Participating in reducing plastic pollutionThe New Zealand seafood industry is at the forefront of sustainable and environmentally responsible seafood, but, along with other industries, recognises the contribution it must make to combat plastic pollution in the marine environment. Left unchecked, plastics pose a threat to fisheries and food...
Feds Conference Highlights Sound Environmental ProgressThere was a lot to celebrate at the recent Federation of Commercial Fishermen’s Conference in Nelson, not least that this fine organisation had reached the grand old age of 60. In times where the industry is under fire by environmental NGOs, and often...
Reposted - originally published on 11 June 2018 by Michelle Ma (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Washington Posted with images: http://www.washington.edu/news/2018/06/11/choice-matters-the-environmental-costs-of-producing-meat-seafood/
Choice matters: The environmental costs of producing meat, seafood
Which food type is more environmentally costly to produce — livestock, farmed seafood, or wild-caught fish?
Leaked Risk Profile Reports Show MPI is Effectively Monitoring Fisheries Compliance
Deepwater Group Ltd would like to advise that the three New Zealand oreo fisheries (Smooth Oreo (SSO4) Trawl Fishery, Black Oreo (BOE3A) Trawl Fishery, and Smooth Oreo (SSO3A) Trawl Fishery) have been withdrawn from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment. Fisheries Improvement Plans (FIPs) have been developed and remedial actions are being implemented for each of these three...Read more
Deepwater Group Ltd would like to advise that the two New Zealand squid fisheries (New Zealand EEZ Squid Trawl Fishery (SQU1T) and Auckland Islands Squid Trawl Fishery (SQU6T)) have been withdrawn from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) assessment. Fisheries Improvement Plans (FIPs) have been developed and remedial actions are being implemented for each of these two fisheries. These...Read more
The Chatham Rise is one of our most productive fishing grounds. So, in 2007, the Government accepted fishing industry proposals to ban bottom trawling there. It was one of 17 large areas of ocean the industry agreed to protect, since damaging the seabed diminished the health of the fisheries. On Wednesday, the Government rejected a proposal from Chatham...Read more
Off the back of the Seaweb Sustainability Summit (New Orleans, US) this week, Deepwater Group held a public consultation meeting to update MSC Stakeholders on progress with MSC certification of New Zealand orange roughy. The meeting provided an update on new developments. Amongst those attending were representatives from retailers, eNGO’s and other interested parties. Recent developments...Read more
31 March 2014 1. New Zealand has a globally recognised quota management system to ensure there will be seafood for future generations and that any environmental impacts are mitigated and minimised. 2. This is an essential part of an industry that provides $1.5 billion in export income for New Zealand and provides 600,000 tonnes of healthy, sustainable...Read more