http://www.kono.co.nz/kono/kono-seafood/sustainability/ ( 20 May, 2013 )
New Zealand has one of the world’s most advanced systems for sustainable fisheries management. We push global best practice in environmental sustainability, enabling us to offer safe and healthy seafood products.
Environmental codes of practice
For each species, there are industry developed Environmental Codes of Practice to minimise the potential environmental effects of seafood growing and harvesting.
Every New Zealand marine farm must have a permit to legally operate. The consent process is managed by regional councils to provide a planned, controlled approach to the allocation of water space for aquaculture. The planning and approval process for marine aquaculture in New Zealand considers the farm’s potential environmental effects, as well as its possible cultural and social effects.
Quota - fishing
New Zealand’s Quota Management System (QMS) ensures the sustainable utilisation of our fishing resources. Managed by the Ministry of Fisheries, the QMS controls harvest levels for each fishing species in a nominated geographical area. Individuals and companies are allocated the right to catch certain quantities of particular species. Like other forms of property they can be leased, brought, sold or transferred.
Resource Management Act
Aquaculture must comply with New Zealand’s Resource Management Act. The Act encourages businesses, communities and individuals to plan for the future of our environment in a sustainable way.
For more information view www.fish.govt.nz