A new report claiming that for 60 years the New Zealand catch was more than twice the volume that was officially reported is lacking in scientific credibility, according to the Seafood New Zealand trade body. Moreover, the country’s latest fisheries status study notes that as a consequence of substantial reductions in quotas over the period 2001–2007, hoki stocks have increased in size for the last eight consecutive years, and are now well within or above their management target range. They are currently at their highest levels this century.
Even though the quota for Barents Sea Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) has been reduced for the second year running and the haddock quota has been kept at the same level as 2014, there will be no shortage of whitefish in the European market this year. (more…)