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Global fisheries report shows sustainability of New Zealand's fisheries July 12,2012   |  Source: Scoop

The FAO report on the State of the World’s Fisheries released this week acknowledges New Zealand’s sustainable approach to fisheries management.

The report stated that good progress had been made in reducing exploitation rates and restoring overexploited fish stocks through effective management actions in some areas. The FAO points to New Zealand, where the majority of our stocks (69 per cent) are above targeted sustainable yields. The remaining 31 per cent are under management plans and heading in the right direction.

“The FAO report is a flagship report on global fisheries and so it is great to get international recognition that we are managing our fisheries sustainably,” says Peter Bodeker, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council.

Globally, the report showed that capture fisheries and aquaculture supplied the world with about 148 million tonnes of fish in 2010, of which about 128 million tonnes of fish was utilised as food for humans.

Preliminary data for 2011 indicate increased production of 154 million tonnes, of which 131 million was destined for food.

Today fish provides more than 4.3 billion people with about 15 per cent of their intake of animal protein.

Estimates for 2011 point to fish consumption reaching a record new high

 

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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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