18 Jan 2019

Conscious consumption

From Summer Times 2020/2021, 9:05 am on 18 January 2019

On summer times over the past four weeks we've talked a lot about sustainability and consumer awareness.

And what we've found through talking to interviewees and your feedback, is that there is a lot of confusion that comes from the release of conflicting research and data.

One of the stories we ran about sustainability on the show related to fishing and there was a lot of feedback expressing very different opinions. So we return to that topic on the last show of the series.  

Fisheries is a fraught area. There are conflicts between commercial and recreational fishers, between fishers and conservationists. Because as consumers, there's also due diligence on our part - This morning we offer two perspectives on the sustainability of commercial fishing.

In a moment you'll hear from Dr Jeremy Helson, chief executive of Fisheries Inshore New Zealand and formerly head of deepwater fisheries in the Ministry for Primary Industries. First we hear from Dr Matt Dunn, principal scientist - fisheries at NIWA. 

NIWA's WRIBO harbour buoy transmits real time information about sea conditions such as temperature, salinity and wave heights.

NIWA's WRIBO harbour buoy transmits real time information about sea conditions such as temperature, salinity and wave heights. Photo: Stuart Mackay / NIWA

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