Explore the case studies from our report ‘The future of commercial fishing in Aotearoa New Zealand’. Meet fishers with innovative ideas, dive into tangled tales from marine science and ocean management, and discover new technology that could help Aotearoa New Zealand’s commercial fishing industry become more sustainable.
What's the lowdown on the lobster? The CRA2 stock of crayfish – across the Bay of Plenty and Hauraki Gulf – is 'virtually certain' to be experiencing overfishing, according to Fisheries New Zealand. But some scientists go further to say that crayfish are 'functionally extinct' in the region.
The Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA), developed by NOAA, provides a social-ecological framework to systematically apply ecosystem-based fisheries management principles.
When rates of protected species bycatch grew in the California swordfish fishery, fishers turned to the EcoCast app to help them decide where to fish.
From the composition of ear bones, scientists trace the origins of young snapper back to the harbour they grew up in.
Aotearoa New Zealand is home to one-third of the world's seabirds. To help prevent seabird bycatch in the longline fishing industry, this fisher developed a novel solution.
An exclusion zone put in place following the Rena oil spill eventually paved the way for a landmark court ruling and new marine protected area.
The Hawke’s Bay Marine and Coastal Group took a collaborative approach to prioritise research needs for the region
When various community groups came to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council with concerns about the depletion of local fish stocks, it sparked the genesis of a collaborative approach to restore abundance to local waters.
An Aotearoa New Zealand study is underway to attempt to determine whether our fishing methods have changed the evolution of our local snapper.
Electronic monitoring of fishing vessels produces data that can enhance the traceability and transparency of fish products and build trust between fishers and consumers. Nelson-based SnapIT have developed cameras and analysis for the commercial fishing industry.
Enabling full traceability and strengthening transparency in the Pacific Islands' tuna supply chain is a key way to address illegal fishing and human rights issues in the tuna fishing industry. Can blockchain help?
Environmental DNA (eDNA) offers a non-invasive way to monitor species populations. Learn how it has been deployed in the conservation of great white sharks.
The Fiordland Marine Guardians represent commercial and recreational fishers, tourism interests, recreational users, marine science and conservation, and the local community. Through a forum-style planning process, they developed a novel approach to managing Fiordland's marine environment.
The topography and currents make the Chatham Rise a productive fishery. With decades of detailed study, it provides an exemplar of how data can enrich fisheries models.
What's the best way to protect a biodiverse slice of the Hauraki Gulf? We compare Aotearoa New Zealand's first marine reserve at Goat Island to The Noises, an island chain in need of protection.
When a small independent fisher developed innovative ideas to make his operations more selective, he faced a number of setbacks – including a lack of connection to researchers.
How a genetic tool allows monitoring of a highly migratory species.
It's not just fish fillets – we can use many parts of the catch to produce high-value products, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.
Ling maw (swim bladder) is a delicacy in China – but trade limitations mean only whole fish, not the maw by-product, can be exported from Aotearoa New Zealand.
Nate Smith of Gravity Fishing switched up his approach to fishing after observing that fish numbers were declining around Rakiura Stewart Island.
Te Korowai o te tai ō Marokura in Kaikōura shows how regional responsibility can streamline fisheries management
A diverse range of local stakeholders built consensus on their shared goals for Kaikōura’s marine environment.
The outcome of the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari process was a marine spatial plan aiming to reverse ecological degradation in the Hauraki Gulf.
Surfer scientists can report sightings of critically endangered Māui dolphins via an app.
In response to a rapidly changing ocean impacted by marine temperature extremes and shifting currents, a new ocean monitoring and forecast programme is underway in Aotearoa New Zealand.