8 Jan 2019

Casting the net beyond NZ's top five favourite fish

From Summer Times 2020/2021, 9:10 am on 8 January 2019

New Zealanders' favourite fish to eat are salmon, snapper, tarakihi, gurnard and hoki. But Justine Powell wants people to branch out by plating up some of our other 95+ species. 

Powell is general manager of the Sanford Fishing Company, which owns the recently revamped Auckland Fish Market.

Shaun Clouston - BBQ Masala Kahawai

BBQ Masala Kahawai – a recipe by Shaun Clouston from the Wellington restaurant Logan Brown Photo: supplied

Justine Powell recommends:

  • grey mullet
  • mirror dory – "delicious"
  • mackerel
  • kahawai – doesn't have to be smoked / also good cooked in a pan with butter and garlic
  • trevally – great for sashimi

New Zealand's commercial fishing industry is proactive, not always waiting for the government to lead the charge, Powell says.

The industry takes the maintenance of fish stocks very seriously, she says.

"It's our business, it's something we want for generations to come."

Powell says that New Zealand's 32-year-old Quota Management System (QMS) – which aims to help keep domestic fish populations sustainable via yearly catch limits – continues to serve us well.

"I think that New Zealanders should be very proud of the state of their fishing stocks."

After this interview, a lot of people contacted RNZ with different views on the effectiveness of the Quota Management System (QMS).

The following day, Scott Macindoe from the not-for-profit advocacy group Legasea told Summer Times that the QMS has effectively "put the fox in charge of the henhouse" and the whole NZ fishing industry needs an overhaul.

Watch the RNZ video 'Why it matters how your fish is caught' – illustrated and animated by Kai Higham, written by Ellen Rykers and voiced by Tony Stamp:

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