NZ seafood & salmon’s continued commitment of transparency amidst Netflix’s tabloid, ‘Seaspiracy’

After watching what was described as ‘damning evidence & dramatic footage of the fishing industry’ on Netflix’s movie ‘Seaspiracy’, Sarah finds out if there is any truth about what could be happening in New Zealand seafood boats & salmon farms.

Photo courtesy of Seafood NZ

We actually got a fine for having too many native species in too great abundance at one of our farms, which we go, well, if this was a dairy farm and there were too many Kiwi birds would a dairy farmer get a fine for that? Aquaculture is one of the most sustainable ways of producing animal protein on the planet,” explains Grant Rosewarne.

In this week’s Sarah’s Country’s Opinion Maker, we uncover the facts to fish farming in New Zealand that appear in Netflix's 'Seaspiracy' that one of our guests describes as an 'hour of breathless hyperboles', so much so it has since been reclassified from a documentary to a movie.

This week’s Sarah’s Country’s Opinion Maker features our panel:

Seafood NZ Communications Manager, Lesley Hamilton explains:

  • There are 169 species commercially fished in New Zealand producing 450,000 tonnes of seafood bringing in $2 billion in export value.

  • NZ is considered in the top five sustainable fisheries in the world with our quota management system as the Ministry for Primary Industry counts the fish stocks. We are currently sitting at 91% of all fish landed in New Zealand come from fish stocks that are assessed as being sustainable.

  • New technology such as precision seafood harvesting, seabird mitigation with Tori lines, sinkers and coloured dye on the bait distracting the birds from the nets are being used.

  • The entire fleet of NZ seafood vessels are and will be fitted with cameras but concerns and consultation with MPI are ongoing on the privacy of the footage.

NZ King Salmon CEO, Grant Rosewarne explains:

  • NZ King Salmon produces 15,000 tonnes/per annum which is 1% of the world’s salmon which is a type of fish that doesn’t get sea lice and is sustainable due to our natural advantages.

  • Their feed is sustainable by not feeding on marine sources and is close as possible to what they would eat in the wild in terms of nutrition requirements from vegetable protein and off-cuts from beef along with algal oils

  • Most of the farms are in high flow, high oxygen areas and situated over mudflats and as an effect of having salmon farms, there are more nutrients in the water that leads to an abundance of native species around the farm.

  • He worries about inequity out there in terms of misinformation versus facts. It’s easy to cast aspersions and throw mud, but it can be hard to correct.

For information on Open Seas: The Source for New Zealand Seafood Information.

To read about NZ King Salmon's 'Our Responsibility

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