The New Zealand fisheries have finally been re-certified. 17 fisheries, including hoki, southern blue whiting, and hake, have been famous for a long time. These fisheries were granted the gold standard for sustainable seafood. This took 12 months of intensive assessment of the fishing methodology and management of the fishing ground. The review was done by an independent body and the result was fantastic. No conditions or objectives were given as the fisheries met all the required standards of sustainability.
According to the Marine Stewardship Council certification (MSC) record, 88 percent of the wild-caught fishery is not certified. This means only 12 percent is certified, with very few certified unconditionally. This put New Zealand at the top of the class in adhering to international standards of sustainable fishing. The government has demonstrated a great deal of commitment in ensuring fishing remains a sustainable venture in the region.
Achieving the MSC certification is not a simple task. There are set guidelines that must be strictly followed. The fish stoke must be above the set limit for each species of interest. The review should show that fishing activities are not causing severe environmental damages. In addition to that, the reviewing body must ensure that there is an operational fishery management in place to approve certification.
Although Management of fisheries is technical and complex, the reward of sustainable fishing is attractive. The seafood lovers are assured of an uninterrupted supply of this delicacy today and in future days to come. New Zealand host the longest running certified fisheries in the world as some of this fishing ground has been certified since the year 2001. Sustainable fishing does not depend on certification alone, the fisheries have to go through audits to make sure that the standards are strictly adhered to as outlined in the certification report.