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Seafood NZ slams seafood consumer guide

"We can't all eat tofu," says organization's CEO.

New Zealand NGO Forest & Bird’s fish guide is doing consumers a disservice according to industry body Seafood New Zealand.

“Most seafood would be off the menu if you followed this list -- no snapper, no Bluff oysters, no bottom trawled hoki, no whitebait, no groper, no flounder, no rig," said Seafood NZ CEO Tim Pankhurst. "We can’t all eat tofu."

It is not science-based, it is ideologically driven, and it is not subject to robust peer review, he said.

A more credible authority is the Ministry for the Environment which stated in its 2015 environmental stocktake: “Our commercial fisheries are sustainably managed and overfishing is decreasing.”

“In 2014 the proportion of fish caught (landings) from stocks subject to overfishing was less than 5 percent,” the Environment Aotearoa report said. “This is a decrease from about 10 percent in 2009-10.”

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