How come there is such a big difference between the export return on fish and the retail price of fish?

May 21, 2020 The Quota Management System enables quota owners to skim most of the profits from fishing in an uncompetitive market. This means Kiwi consumers can pay up to $40 per kilo for fish in the supermarket while huge quantities of New Zealand’s fish are exported for less than $3.00 per kilo.

How much fish is exported?

May 21, 2020 Until March 2020, around 90% of annual commercial catch was exported. The Covid-19 restrictions have limited exports of fish from March 2020. There is no available data that provides a clear breakdown of exports in terms of the proportions of inshore vs offshore catch.

How much is earned from exporting fish from New Zealand?

May 21, 2020 In 2018 fish exports were worth around $1.6 billion. Finfish exports were worth around $860 million, the export of molluscs was worth around $390 million and the export of crustaceans including crayfish was worth around $340 million.

Why does Fisheries NZ say there are 642 fish stocks and Rescue Fish says there are 685?

May 21, 2020 There are differences in how Fisheries New Zealand and LegaSea count the fish stock. Fisheries NZ say there are 642 fish stocks or smaller sub-stocks in the QMS. Research shows that there are a number of fish stocks that are split into smaller management units. Some of these smaller units are assessed separately for management […]

How many fish stocks have a scientific assessment?

May 21, 2020 169 fish stocks or sub-stocks in the Quota Management System have a scientific assessment. For assessment purposes there are 685 fish stocks or sub-stocks included in the QMS. (A fish stock can be divided into two or more sub-stocks if it is large or if there are differences between areas.) 297 of the 685 stocks […]