In 2016 New Zealand's largest orange roughy fisheries received Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. This is a big achievement given the fisheries were overfished during the 1980-90s. The MSC’s sustainability tick is recognition of the improvements made in the science and management that has seen the fisheries rebuild to sustainable levels. New Zealand now harvests fewer than 5 adult orange roughy for every 100, leaving 95 to breed and sustain a healthy population.
SLEDs - sea lion exclusion devices
The New Zealand sea lion population of around 12,000 is restricted to southern New Zealand and sub-Antarctic waters. Most breed on the Auckland Islands, which have a marine reserve to help protect these breeding colonies as well as other marine life here. In places, the foraging grounds of sea lions overlap with fishing grounds. To manage interactions, we use SLEDs, which allow sea lions to escape fishing nets alive and unharmed. These have proven successful and fishing is no longer a threat to local sea lion populations.
A selection of videos from the Marine Stewardship Council