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Sustainability

Clean, healthy, diverse and delicious, New Zealand seafood is full of natural goodness.

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New Zealand is a small, remote, natural paradise, with an abundance of seafood.

Sustainability is something we take seriously at Talley's. Our eco-conscious values mean we take real pride in how we work to carefully protect New Zealand's abundance of seafood for the future.

New Zealand recently became one of only two countries to achieve a top ranking in a review of fisheries management systems around the world, and in a second study was ranked first among the 53 major fishing nations for managing marine resources.

The New Zealand seafood industry produces about 1% of the world's fish catch. Unlike many other primary industries in New Zealand, the industry's management, enforcement and operational research is funded by the industry itself.

The industry continues to invest considerable resources into the research and development of innovative practices, fishery enhancement, environmental protection and efficient production systems. So not only are our fish stocks harvested sustainably but our industry itself is sustainable, existing without government subsidies or publicly funded regulatory bodies.

Better futures for all of us.

EEZ

With access to over 4 million square kilometres of marine fisheries waters, ranging over 30 degrees of latitude from the sub-tropical Kermadec Islands to the subantarctic Campbell Islands, New Zealand has the fourth largest Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the world.

The Seafood NZ industry promise

Our industry continues to invest considerable resources into the research and development of innovative practices, fishery enhancement, environmental protection and efficient production systems.

Seafood New Zealand and the fishing industry have worked together to develop a Code of Conduct. A set of guidelines and a promise to ensure our oceans are protected for future generations.

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New Zealand Quota Management System

The New Zealand Quota Management System (NZQMS) managed by the Ministry for Primary Industries is the cornerstone of the New Zealand fishing industry. It ensures the long-term sustainability of our fish stocks and the health of our marine eco-systems.

New Zealand is a world leader in fisheries management and supports an industry based on sustainable harvest and environmental principles. Rigorous fishing controls are enforced in New Zealand waters.

Of some 130 species fished commercially within New Zealand waters, 100 are currently managed through the NZQMS. This system was introduced in 1986 and ensures the long-term sustainability of our individual fish stocks, the health of our marine eco-systems and the gainful employment of over 26,000 hardworking New Zealanders.

The NZQMS controls the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) for virtually all the main fish stocks found within New Zealand’s EEZ (exclusive economic zone), via the direct control of harvest levels for each species in nominated geographical areas. Each fish species in the QMS is subdivided into separate fish stocks defined by Quota Management Areas (QMAs). The 100 species (or species groupings) subject to the QMS are divided into 638 separate stocks. Each stock is managed independently to help ensure the sustainable utilisation of that fishery.

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OpenSeas

OpenSeas was established in 2017 by the New Zealand seafood industry through the Deepwater Group, Fisheries Inshore New Zealand and Seafood New Zealand.

The mission for OpenSeas is to create an open, authentic and trustworthy source of information for New Zealand Seafood.

OpenSeas is your gateway to the most comprehensive set of facts and references underpinning the environmental, supply chain and workforce credentials of the New Zealand seafood industry

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MSC

The MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing is the standard that a fishery must meet to become certified. Only seafood from an MSC certified fishery can carry the blue MSC eco-label. Overarching principles that a fishery must meet:

  • Sustainable fish stocks
  • Minimising environmental impact
  • Effective management
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