The trawl fisheries for hake (HAK 1, HAK 4, HAK 7), hoki (HOK 1 East and West) and ling (LIN 3, LIN 4, LIN 5, LIN 6, LIN 7) are currently MSC certified and were re-assessed in 2017.
All non-confidential information provided to the Conformance Assessment Body (CAB) is available below to ensure all documents are easily accessible by all participants.
Here you can find a summary of the key information from these references.
"A fishery must be conducted in a manner that does not lead to over-fishing or depletion of the exploited populations and, for those populations that are depleted, the fishery must be conducted in a manner that demonstrably leads to their recovery."
The intent of this principle is to ensure that the productive capacities of the resources are maintained at high levels and are not sacrificed in favour of short term interests.
Bagley, N.W. O’Driscoll, R.L. & Oeffner, J. (2014). Trawl survey of hoki and middle-depth species in the Southland and Sub-Antarctic areas, November–December 2012 (TAN1215). New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2014/12.
Stevens, D.W., O’Driscoll, R.L., Ladroit, Y., Ballara, S.L., MacGibbon, D.J. & Horn, P.L. (2015). Trawl survey of hoki and middle-depth species on the Chatham Rise, January 2014 (TAN1401). New Zealand Fisheries Assessment Report 2015/19. 123 p.
"Fishing operations should allow for the maintenance of the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem (including habitat and associated dependent and ecologically related species) on which the fishery depends."
The intent of this principle is to encourage management of fisheries from an ecosystem perspective under a system designed to restrain the impacts of the fishery on the ecosystem.
Baker, G. B., Jensz, K., Cunningham, R., Holdsworth, M. & Chilvers, B. L. (2015). White-capped albatross aerial survey 2015. Report prepared by Latitude 42 Environmental Consultants Pty Ltd for the New Zealand Department of Conservation, Wellington. 31p.
Ballara, S.L. & O’Driscoll, R.L. (2015). Fish and invertebrate bycatch and discards in New Zealand hoki, hake, and ling fisheries from 1990–91 until 2012–13. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 163. 120 p.
Black, J.; Tilney, R. (2017). Monitoring New Zealand’s trawl footprint for deepwater fisheries: 1989/90 to 2011/12 and 1989/90 to 2012/13. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 176. 65 p.
Ford, R. B., W. N. S. Arlidge, D. A. Bowden, M. R. Clark, M. Cryer, A. Dunn, J. E. Hewitt, J. R. Leathwick, M. E. Livingston, C. R. Pitcher, A. A. Rowden, S. F. Thrush, G. A. Tingley and I. D. Tuck (2016). Assessing the effects of mobile bottom fishing methods on benthic fauna and habitats. New Zealand Fisheries Science Review 2016/2.
Fu, D. & Sagar, P. (2016). The 2014 demographic assessment of the Snares Islands population of Southern Buller’s albatross (Diomedea bulleri bulleri). New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 165. 40 p.
Richard, Y. & Abraham, E.R. (2015a). Assessment of the risk of commercial fisheries to New Zealand seabirds, 2006–07 to 2012–13: Supplementary information. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report 162.
Tuck, I.D., Pinkerton, M.H., Tracey, D.M., Anderson, O.A. & Chiswell, S.M. (2014). Ecosystem and environmental indicators for deepwater fisheries. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 127. 143 p.
"The fishery is subject to an effective management system that respects local, national and international laws and standards and incorporates institutional and operational frameworks that require use of the resource to be responsible and sustainable."
The intent of this principle is to ensure that there is an institutional and operational framework for implementing Principles 1 and 2, appropriate to the size and scare of the fishery.
Additional documents from site visit July 2017
Acoura Marine's Final Report dated August 2018 can be accessed here.