Others support EDS’s call for an independent inquiry into the fisheries management system

Others support EDS’s call for an independent inquiry into the fisheries management system

We’ve had evidence of hoki dumping for years. Why did no-one act?

For decades, New Zealand consumers have bought hoki on the assumption that it is a sustainable and properly managed fishery. That’s far from the truth, write Otago and Auckland University researchers Elisabeth SlootenBruce RobertsonGlenn SimmonsGraeme Bremner, and Nigel Haworth.

New Zealand’s hoki fishery has come under renewed criticism this week after leaked reportsrevealed that some of the country’s biggest fishing companies had been systematically under-reporting their catch by hundreds of tonnes.

Hoki is one of New Zealand’s most valuable export fish. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has certified hoki, ling and southern blue whiting fisheries as sustainable, and it is currently undertaking a regular review of the hoki certification. We consider that it may be rubberstamping flawed information from the Ministry for Primary Industries and the fishing industry itself.

Fish dumping in the hoki fishery has long been investigated and documented in government reportsand scientific journals, but the MSC appears to have ignored this evidence.

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Last updated at 3:23PM on May 30, 2018