Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


New Zealand’s fisheries receive international endorsement

21 February 2013

Good environmental practice in New Zealand’s fisheries receives international endorsement


The New Zealand seafood industry will today receive formal recognition of its strenuous efforts in recent years to achieve high standards of environmental good practice with the accreditation of three key offshore fisheries: albacore tuna, hoki and southern blue whiting, by the globally recognised Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard.

“These fisheries have been subject to rigorous, independent third party assessment to gain MSC certification. MSC certification independently verifies that these fisheries are being managed sustainably and to the world’s best standards” says George Clement, Chief Executive of the Deepwater Group.

“The rigour of the assessment cannot be underestimated. It doesn’t stop there either. There is tight policing of ongoing performance to ensure these fisheries continue to meet the standard.”

MSC’s science-based standard and certification programme is recognised by international environmental organisations including WWF, as the best available certification programme for sustainable seafood. Only fisheries that maintain healthy fish stocks, reduce impacts on the global marine ecosystem and have effective management systems in place are able to meet MSC’s standard.

“I commend the fishing companies involved for their commitment in seeking this certification,” says George Clement. “It is not easily won.”

The certification is to be officially announced at a reception jointly hosted by the Deepwater Group, the Tuna Management Association, the Marine Stewardship Council and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

To mark the occasion Rupert Howes, MSC’s Chief Executive, is in New Zealand and will be speaking at the reception. “I am delighted to be back in New Zealand and to be able to personally congratulate the New Zealand fishing industry on the certification of these three commercially important species. These fisheries have proven their sustainability credentials,” Mr Howes said.

“On behalf of the MSC’s global programme, I congratulate the hoki, albacore tuna and southern blue whiting fisheries on their MSC certifications. These fisheries have used good management practices to safeguard jobs and secure these precious renewable resources into the future. I congratulate the fishers and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on their achievement.”

“I’m particularly excited to congratulate the hoki fishery which has been certified as sustainable by MSC for a third time and was one of the first white fish fisheries in the world to enter our programme,” said Mr Howes.

Scott Gallacher, MPI’s Deputy Director General Resource Management and Programmes said: “The Ministry is committed to sustainable utilisation of our fisheries and we fully support the public review and endorsement of our management practices offered by MSC certification.”

Mr Doug Saunders-Loder, President of the Tuna Management Association said: “Certification of the New Zealand albacore troll fishery reiterates New Zealand’s resolve and continued commitment to managing all fish stocks within our Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) in a sustainable manner, while ensuring these fisheries are environmentally sustainable.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Royal Society: Review Finds Community Water Fluoridation Safe And Effective

A review of the scientific evidence for and against the efficacy and safety of fluoridation of public water supplies has found that the levels of fluoridation used in New Zealand create no health risks and provide protection against tooth decay. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Croxley Calls Time On NZ Production In Face Of Cheap Imports

Croxley Stationery, whose stationery brands include Olympic, Warwick and Collins, plans to cease manufacturing in New Zealand because it has struggled to compete with lower-cost imports in a market where the printed word is giving way to electronic communications. More>>

ALSO:

Prefu Roundup: Forecasts Revised, Surplus Intact

The National government heads into the election with its Budget surplus target broadly intact, delivering a set of economic and fiscal forecasts marginally revised from May to reflect weaker commodity prices and a lower tax take. More>>

ALSO:

Convention Centre: Major New SkyCity Hotel And Laneway For Auckland

Today SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited revealed plans to build a new hotel and pedestrian laneway of bars, restaurants and boutique shopping on land it owns in the Nelson and Hobson Streets block, expanding the SKYCITY Entertainment Precinct. More>>

ALSO:

Igniting The Spark: Bringing The Digital Enabler To Life

Changing a name is, relatively speaking, the easy part of a re-invention. Changing a culture, getting all the ducks in a row, turning yourself inside-out to become customer-inspired is a much bigger challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Ebola And NZ: Targeted Screening At Airport But Risk Low

The risk of any cases of Ebola in New Zealand remains very low, but health and border authorities are well prepared... anyone arriving in New Zealand who in the last three weeks has visited countries affected will be screened for symptoms of the disease. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Brewer Seeking Crowd-Funding Cancels Shareholders’ Dividends

Shareholders in Renaissance Brewing company, the first business to seek equity through crowd-funding in New Zealand, have cancelled their claim on $147,000 of accumulated earnings “to make Renaissance a more attractive investment opportunity.” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news