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UK’s Waitrose refuses to stock NZ-caught hoki

Posted by feww on July 21, 2009

British supermarket chain Waitrose confirmed it refuses to stock New Zealand-caught hoki

Waitrose, a large British supermarket chain, confirmed that it is refusing to stock New Zealand-caught hoki because bottom trawling is used in New Zealand fisheries.

NZ hoki - nz gov photo
Waitrose supermarkets say “NO” to NZ-caught hoki.
Image NZ govt.

Fishing for hoki – The deep-sea fish hoki, also known as blue hake or blue grenadier, is one of New Zealand’s biggest fish exports. Hoki fishing began in the Tasman Sea, but has expanded to include Cook Strait, the Chatham Rise and subantarctic waters. In the decade to 2002 the annual quota for the catch was 200,000 tonnes. In 2004 the Tasman Sea stock was estimated to be down to about 13% of the biomass before fishing developed in 1972, with a warming trend in the Tasman likely to be a contributing factor. The quota was reduced to 180,000, then to 100,000 tonnes in 2004. Caption: NZ govt.

“There are some MSC fisheries that we don’t stock, such as the MSC New Zealand hoki fishery, which conducts bottom trawling,” Jeremy Langley, specialist fish buyer for Waitrose said in a report by Seafoodsource.com.

At least a dozen other supermarket chains in Europe and North America have also removed New Zealand caught orange roughy from their shelves because it goes against their sustainability policies. “Orange roughy is also caught by bottom trawling, dragging large, weighted nets across the ocean floor which lays waste to seabed communities, particularly on the seamounts where some fish species gather to feed and reproduce, and is considered one of the most destructive forms of fishing.” A report said.

“Waitrose has also pledged to buy only pole-and-line caught canned tuna.” Seafood News said.


Orange Roughy, one of the most commercially fished deep-water species. Orange Roughy can live for around 150 years and do not begin to breed until they are around 25 years old, making them extremely susceptible to over-fishing. Image courtesy of R. Waller in the NE Atlantic. Caption: NOAA Ocean Explorer.

The time has come for ALL supermarket chains to consider refusing to stock New Zealand meat products, too!

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2 Responses to “UK’s Waitrose refuses to stock NZ-caught hoki”

  1. feww said

    Hoki Coverup by British McMedia

    http://feww.wordpress.com/2009/09/12/hoki-coverup-by-british-mcmedia/

  2. feww said

    From Deep Pacific, Ugly and Tasty, With a Catch

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/science/10fish.html?em

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