Ahumoana Ahutāngata, Aquaculture Development in New Zealand: Scientific and Technical Information to Inform Māori
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Is aquaculture in New Zealand sustainable / environmentally friendly?
New Zealand’s isolation and geography has the benefit of providing over 5000 kilometres of coastline and pristine waters. Independent and high profile recognition of the New Zealand aquaculture industry’s commitment to environmental sustainability has come from the U.S based, Blue Ocean Institute. This conservation organisation rated New Zealand Greenshell™ Mussels as one of the top two sustainable seafood’s in the world in their 2005 Guide to Ocean Friendly Species.
As tangata whenua and kaitiaki, Māori bring a unique set of values to the industry in which environmental sustainability is a key factor in the long term success. The aquaculture industry adheres to the Environmental Codes of Practice (ECOP) to ensure its activities are environmentally responsible and sustainable. The ECOP’s direct best industry practices throughout growing, harvesting and processing, to minimise any potential effects on the environment.