Welcome to our guide to buying sustainable New Zealand seafood.

New Zealand is blessed with a wide range of nutritious and tasty seafood
harvested in pristine waters.

We hope this best fish guide helps you choose New Zealand seafood with confidence.

CHOOSE YOUR SUSTAINABLE NEW ZEALAND SEAFOOD SPECIES

BUY NEW ZEALAND SEAFOOD WITH CONFIDENCE

Best fish guide tips for buying and consuming seafood

EAT NEW ZEALAND SEAFOOD WITH CONFIDENCE

Asian Salsa on NZ Greenshell™ Mussels

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Steam

Asian style barbecue oysters

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Baked Fish with a Parsley Crust and Couscous Salad

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Baked Paua

Cooking Time:
0 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Barbecue salmon fillets with sticky orange glaze

Cooking Time:
15 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Barbecue salmon with whisky sauce

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Barbeque Hoki Kebabs

Cooking Time:
15 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

BBQ Seared Salmon, Potato and Green Bean Salad

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Black Bean Clams

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Blackened tarakihi with grilled asparagus & tomatoes

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Blue cod curry pots

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Bluff oysters “neat” (raw)

Cooking Time:
5 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Brown Butter Mussel Pizzetta

Cooking Time:
120 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Clams with Buttery White Wine Sauce & Garlic Shallots

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Clams with spaghetti, saffron and leek

Cooking Time:
28 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Cloudy Bay Clams with Cider and Cream

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Cloudy Bay Clams with Two Sauces

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Cockle, white wine & tomato pasta

Cooking Time:
35 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Coconut crusted fish

Cooking Time:
55 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Confit Salmon with Pickled Beetroot Chevre Ravioli

Cooking Time:
120 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Crayfish cocktail with vanilla bean mayonnaise

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Crispy skinned groper on warm salad

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Cured salmon

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Diamond Shell Bouillabaise

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Egg battered fish with pea puree

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Fennel and lemon crusted tuna skewers

Cooking Time:
45 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Fennel cured & smoked Salmon

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Fijian fish curry

Cooking Time:
35 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Fillets with Karengo Salsa

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Fish & prawn Panang curry

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Fish dumplings & bok choy soup

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Fish fillets with curried cauliflower

Cooking Time:
80 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Flash Fried Marinated Paua

Cooking Time:
0 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Fleur’s whole baked flounder

Cooking Time:
0 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Fragrant Spanish paella

Cooking Time:
50 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Fresh Snapper & Chorizo Tacos with Lime Crema

Cooking Time:
50 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Garlic aioli

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Green lipped mussel, horopito & spinach soup

Cooking Time:
35 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Grilled Game Fish and Tomato Caperberry Stew

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Grilled Hapuku (groper) Steaks with Parsley Dressing

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Grilled mussels with parmesan & parsley

Cooking Time:
35 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Grilled salmon with chilli kelp

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Grilled snapper fillets with chermoula on couscous

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Grilled snapper with sage potatoes

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Grilled Tarakihi with spicy kumara salad

Cooking Time:
25 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Groper fillets in a mediterranean medley

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Hake Escabeche with Avocado Oil

Cooking Time:
0 mins
Cooking Method:
Marinate

Healthy green fish curry

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Herb crusted salmon on chargrilled vegetables

Cooking Time:
50 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Homemade fish and chips

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Ika Mata

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Italian style gurnard parcel

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

King Prawns, Red Pepper, Coriander & Mango Salad

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

King salmon marinade

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Korean Mussel & Salmon Soup

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Korean Spicy Seafood Stew

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Kumara topped creamy smoked eel pie

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Littleneck Clams Recipe Golden Bays Risotto with Leek and Mushroom

Cooking Time:
35 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Littleneck Clams Recipe with Fettuccine, Leek, Saffron & Lemon

Cooking Time:
25 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Littleneck Clams Recipe with Wine, Lemon Garlic & Chilli

Cooking Time:
25 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Manuka smoked Akaroa salmon

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Mexican style prawns, chipotle chillies, coriander rice

Cooking Time:
80 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Moon Clam Risotto

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Mussel Hotdog

Cooking Time:
90 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Mussel Korean Style Soup (Guksu-jangguk)

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Mussel Paella

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Mussel, Feta and Watercress Fritters

Cooking Time:
50 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Mussels with Apple, Radish and Split Pea Salad

Cooking Time:
180 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Mussels with Garlic Butter

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Mussels with Ginger Pesto topping

Cooking Time:
15 mins
Cooking Method:
Steam

Mussels with Macadamia, Chive and Citrus Kelp Crust

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Mussels with Rich Tomato Sauce

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell Mussels with Sauvignon Blanc Cream Sauce

Cooking Time:
3 mins
Cooking Method:
Steam

NZ Greenshell™ Mussel 'Mac and Cheese'

Cooking Time:
50 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell™ Mussel Cakes

Cooking Time:
150 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell™ Mussel chowder

Cooking Time:
50 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell™ Mussel Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell™ Mussel Yakitori

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

NZ Greenshell™ Mussels & Hijiki Salad

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

NZ Greenshell™ Mussels Catalan

Cooking Time:
90 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell™ Mussels in a Saffron Cream Sauce

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell™ Mussels in Coconut Curry

Cooking Time:
90 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

NZ Greenshell™ Mussels in Coconut Milk

Cooking Time:
80 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell™ Mussels Provencal

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell™ Mussels Rinconcito

Cooking Time:
50 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell™ Mussels with Bombay Sauce

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell™ Mussels with dynamite sauce

Cooking Time:
15 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

NZ Greenshell™ Mussels with leek, potato and saffron soup

Cooking Time:
80 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ Greenshell™ Soho Mussels

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ King Salmon "En Papillote" (cooked in Parchment)

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

NZ King Salmon and Duck Egg Tagliatelle

Cooking Time:
70 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

NZ King Salmon and Greenshell Mussel™ Baja Mixto

Cooking Time:
80 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ King Salmon au Poivre

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

NZ King Salmon Baja Tacos

Cooking Time:
90 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

NZ King Salmon Belly

Cooking Time:
144 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ King Salmon Bibim Guksu

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ King Salmon Brentwood Club

Cooking Time:
120 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

NZ King Salmon Crudo

Cooking Time:
15 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

NZ King Salmon Cylinders Vietnamese Style

Cooking Time:
240 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

NZ King Salmon French Quarter

Cooking Time:
90 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

NZ King Salmon Grilled Ochazuke

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

NZ King Salmon Hoedeopbap

Cooking Time:
80 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

NZ King Salmon lemon dill yoghurt popsicles

Cooking Time:
90 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

NZ King Salmon Nachos with Pita Crisps

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

NZ King Salmon on Israeli couscous salad

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ King Salmon Plate Medley

Cooking Time:
120 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ King Salmon Pueblo

Cooking Time:
120 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

NZ King Salmon Quinoa Salad

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

NZ King Salmon roulade

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

NZ King Salmon Seafood Cocktail with Tomato Sorbet

Cooking Time:
90 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

NZ King Salmon Sliders

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

NZ King Salmon Soft Shell Taco

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ King Salmon Tempura Nori Rolls with Chilli Soy Dipping Sauce

Cooking Time:
90 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

NZ King salmon Togarashi Crusted on Flatbread

Cooking Time:
90 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

NZ King Salmon Wagyu Surf & Turf

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

NZ King Salmon with cold horseradish ice-cream

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

NZ Pacific oysters with brioche crumble

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Ocean fresh blue moki kokoda

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Marinate

Oka i'a (raw fish)

Cooking Time:
120 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Orange Infused Fish Parcels

Cooking Time:
50 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Orange roughy carpaccio, NZ Yuzu beurre blanc, Wakame fronds

Cooking Time:
0 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Orange Roughy with Capers, Lemon and Caramelised Butter

Cooking Time:
70 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Oysters Casino (cooked)

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Oysters with chilli, lime & watermelon

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Oysters with coriander pesto, chilli & kaffir lime

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Oysters with edamame, carrot & seaweed salad

Cooking Time:
75 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Oysters with ginger lemongrass ponzu

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Oysters with raspberry granite

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Paella

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Pajeon (spring onion pancakes) with salmon & mussels

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Pan seared gurnard with seafood & tuscan risotto

Cooking Time:
70 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Pan-fried hoki with wholemeal, bacon & herb crumb

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Pan-fried Salmon with Broad Bean Potato Ragout

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Pan-roasted Fish with Prawn, Chorizo & Tomato Salsa

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Paua fritters

Cooking Time:
45 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Pawpaw and crab entree

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Pearl tagine with lemon couscous and mint yoghurt

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Pepper crust tarakihi, potatoes tomato & basil salad

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Pickled tuna, preserved lemon puree, apple salad, sea grapes

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Portugese Stew with Mussels

Cooking Time:
50 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Potato, leek & oyster soup

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Prawn & Squid Noodle Box

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Prosciutto wrapped Salmon with Prawn Tortellini

Cooking Time:
70 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Proscuitto wrapped hapuku on a truffle & potato puree

Cooking Time:
80 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Regal Salmon with cherry tomato & caper relish

Cooking Time:
11 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Rich Fish Curry

Cooking Time:
45 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Risotto with salmon, shrimps & rocket

Cooking Time:
55 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Rock lobster & avocado salsa

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Rock lobster bisque

Cooking Time:
70 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Salmon & mussel bibimbap

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Salmon & spinach pie with celeriac crust

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Salmon in a savoury cone with goat's cheese

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Salmon rice paper rolls with Atari goma

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Salmon Sashimi with Radish & Avocado Wasabi

Cooking Time:
80 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Salmon sticks with dill sour cream and capers

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Salmon tartare

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Salmon with Citrus Saffron Creme Anglaise

Cooking Time:
18 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Salmon with Gazpacho, Green Beans and Pickled Onions

Cooking Time:
160 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Salmon with potatoes, asparagus & poached egg

Cooking Time:
50 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Salmon wrapped grissini with pea margarita

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Salmon, citrus & fennel parcels

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Salt & Pepper Mussels

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Salt & pepper squid with garlic aioli

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Sautéed lobster with herb butter and squid ink pasta

Cooking Time:
90 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Scallop & Chorizo Tamales with Chipotle Crema

Cooking Time:
80 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Scallop and Coriander Pot Stickers

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Scallop and Watercress Salad

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Scallop Balls

Cooking Time:
45 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Seafood kebabs with creamy crayfish & brandy sauce

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Seared Salmon with Saffron Potatoes

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Seared scallops, haloumi, tomato and herb salsa

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Simply sensational seafood chowder

Cooking Time:
120 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Smoked jack mackerel and butter bean salad

Cooking Time:
5 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Smoked salmon quesadillas

Cooking Time:
15 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Spiced flounder with barley salad and pickled onion

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Steamed chilli mussels with coconut & lime

Cooking Time:
25 mins
Cooking Method:
Steam

Steamed red coconut curry

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Steam

Steamed salmon wrapped in nori with a seaweed salad

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Steam

Stir-fried groper with mushrooms & ginger

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Sweet Chilli & Balsamic Clams

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Szechuan Pepper & Chilli Salt Squid

Cooking Time:
25 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Tandoori Fish Kebabs

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Tataki Salmon with Citrus Soy Dressing

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Tempura NZ Greenshell™ Mussels

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Tempura of Storm Clam

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Tempura oysters with kelp & miso sauce

Cooking Time:
60 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Thai Fish Cakes

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Thai lemon grass & coconut shellfish broth

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Thai Mussel Stew

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Stove top

Thai mussels from the barbecue

Cooking Time:
25 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Thai style Mussel lettuce parcels

Cooking Time:
50 mins
Cooking Method:
Steam

Tomato, olive & white bean salad

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Raw

Trevally baked in a citrus salt crust & aioli

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Tuatua Fritter

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Tuna and scallop kebabs

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Tunisian tarakihi on a summer vegetable salad

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Pan-fry

Warm seafood salad

Cooking Time:
25 mins
Cooking Method:
Steam

White wine and vegetable steamed mussels

Cooking Time:
20 mins
Cooking Method:
Steam

Whole baked hapuku

Cooking Time:
40 mins
Cooking Method:
Bake

Whole barbecue-grilled market fish

Cooking Time:
10 mins
Cooking Method:
Barbeque

Whole grilled lemon sole with garlic, herbs and chilli

Cooking Time:
5 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

Yellowfin Tuna niçoise salad

Cooking Time:
30 mins
Cooking Method:
Grill

MEET CHEFS THAT LOVE NEW ZEALAND SEAFOOD

Top chefs choose New Zealand seafood for its sustainability

Queenstown chef Darren Lovell, whose restaurant Fishbone won a One Hat award in the 2016 Cuisine Good Food Awards
describes his journey of discovery into the sustainability of New Zealand seafood 

Read More

Wellington chef Jacob Brown, another Chef’s Hat winner, is also an advocate for sustainable New Zealand seafood

Read More

Aaron Stott of Wellington's Tinakori Bistro has returned from overseas and is enjoying the wide variety of sustainable species on offer in New Zealand.

Read More

Darren Lovell

Fishbone, Queenstown

Jacob Brown

The Larder, Wellington

Aaron Stott

Tinakori Bistro, Wellington

HOW WE MANAGE OUR FISHERIES

The cornerstone of New Zealand's fisheries management regime is the Quota Management System
(QMS), which has protected our fisheries since 1986 ensuring there is plenty of seafood for generations to come. 

There are 100 species managed under the QMS.

Meet Our Fishers

Watch Video

Meet Johhny Burkhart, a rock lobster fishermen

Watch Video

Meet Chris Patrick, a deepwater skipper from Nelson

Watch Video

Meet Tony Roach, an inshore fisherman from Nelson

OUR WORLD LEADING SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE

Our farmed species are managed to the highest standard and is building further on its sustainability credentials with the launch of A+, the new standard of sustainable aquaculture.

New Zealand King Salmon has been recognised as one of the world’s most sustainable fish.

Click here to learn more about our commitment to sustainable practices.

 

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED AND RESPECTED

The New Zealand is internationally respected for its innovative and world-leading approach to
sustainable science-based fisheries and aquaculture management.

Five popular New Zealand fish species, albacore tuna, hake, hoki, ling and southern blue whiting have all gained Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, the global gold standard for sustainability.  There are more species being prepared for certification with three of our orange roughy fisheries currently undergoing the MSC assessment process.  

Watch Video

Read about New Zealand's ranking

A study by Professor Ray Hilborn from the University of Washington ranked New Zealand in the world’s top five best managed fisheries

Watch Video

Professor Hilborn gives an overview on fisheries management over the last decade.

View Article

The president of the National Fisheries
Institute, United States, John Connelly,
has praised New Zealand for punching well
above its weight in fisheries management. 

THE HEALTH OF NEW ZEALAND'S FISHERIES

Our fisheries are performing well - 83.2 percent of fish stocks known status are healthy according to Ministry of Primary Industries research.

HOW FISH STOCKS ARE COUNTED

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish - Fisheries scientists measure the abundance of our fishstocks.  See how the fish are counted.

 

SCIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Sound peer-reviewed science underpins the management for New Zealand's fisheries. 
NIWA plays a major role in ensuring our fisheries remain sustainable. Find out more about
NIWA's work
.

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

Our professional fishermen and fish farmers care about the environment.  Their footprint is light.

More that 90 percent of the seabed is untouched by trawlers and as well as many other voluntary closures, there are 44 marine reserves in our waters where there is no fishing.

Industry has led by establishing benthic protection areas (BPAs) to protect the sea bed.  No trawling can occur in these areas which cover more than 30 percent of New Zealand's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) - that's more than four times New Zealand's land mass.

The industry works in partnership with government agencies and NGO and has a wide range 
of initiatives to minimise the impact of fishing on marine mammals and seabirds.

ENSURING EVERYONE PLAYS BY THE RULES

There are rules and restrictions in place to carefully manage our fisheries. Catch limits, observers, and other measures help to ensure sustainability and access for all New Zealanders.