Seafood New Zealand
- Approximately 600,000 tonnes of seafood (excluding aquaculture) is harvested from New Zealand's waters each year.
- The seafood industry employs 17,000 people.
- New Zealand earned $1.79 billion in seafood exports in 2016.
- 287,864 tonnes of seafood was exported in 2016.
New Zealand fisheries
- New Zealand's marine fisheries waters (Exclusive Economic Zone and territorial sea) measures 4.4m km2, and is the world's fourth largest EEZ, making it an ocean territory 'superpower'.
- New Zealand's 15,134 km long coastline is the ninth longest in the world.
- Sustainability of New Zealand fish stocks is ensured through a world leading Quota Management System (QMS) that controls harvest levels for each fish species and area.
- 130 species are commercially fished in New Zealand. 100 of those species are managed under the QMS in 638 stock areas.
- Maori own 50% of New Zealand's fishing quota.
- Each year, the Ministry for Primary Industries reviews the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) for fish stocks and sets limits so that enough fish remain for breeding.
- 97% of New Zealand's commercial catch is from sustainable stocks, according to Ministry for Primary Industries research.
Did you know?
- New Zealand's hoki fisheries were the first major fisheries in the world to be certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC is the gold-star in certification labels rewarding sustainable seafood practices.
- New Zealand's southern blue whiting fisheries were the first major whitefish fisheries in the world to be certified sustainable by the MSC.
- Six different fisheries have been MSC certified; hoki, hake, ling, southern blue whiting, orange roughy and albacore tuna.
- More than 90% of New Zealand's seabed has never been touched by trawlers, while 30% is protected by law from trawling.
- 17 areas within the New Zealand EEZ are closed to bottom trawling since April 2007. These areas, known as benthic protection areas, protect at least 10% of each of the different seabed habitat types found within New Zealand waters.
- New Zealand's benthic protection area network is one of the world's largest marine conservation areas, covering an area four times the country's landmass.
- New Zealand became one of only two countries to achieve a top ranking in a review of fisheries management systems around the world in 2009, and in a second study, was ranked first among the 53 major fishing nations for managing marine resources.