Partnering with CSIRO for orange roughy research

4 November 2021

Deepwater fisheries quota owners have committed to a five-year scientific research and monitoring programme.

In partnership with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the programme aims to assess the biomass of selected deepwater fish stocks and to monitor and quantify fisheries interactions with deepwater benthic communities.

CSIRO and deepwater quota owners have collaborated over the past 22 years to research, develop and deploy science to better inform sustainable deepwater fisheries practices.

“Working together over these years has successfully combined the best available scientific research and fishing capabilities to develop and apply new acoustic techniques to survey orange roughy stock sizes in particular,” Deepwater Group chief executive George Clements says. 

“Since 1998, quota owners have directly invested $17 million into scientific research on orange roughy, delivering 37 biomass surveys and 11 stock assessments, in addition to those contracted by Government.  

“Without this work, the management of our orange roughy fisheries would not be so well-grounded scientifically and we would not have been able to meet the very high Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) science-based standards.  Our three main orange roughy fisheries, which together produce 82 per cent of the annual catch, are now certified under MSC’s programme.” The latest programme, entered into earlier this year, involves a further $11 million investment in scientific research through the further application of CSIRO’s world-leading technologies and scientific expertise, complemented by Deepwater Group shareholders’ knowledge, vessels and fishing capabilities in deepwater fisheries. 

The full details of this story will be in the February 2022 issue of Seafood New Zealand magazine