Five Ways to Enjoy Fish Sustainably in NZ

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From plastic to pollution, the sad reality is that our seas, lakes and waterways are in trouble. Here at Freshcatch, we take this issue very seriously as we want to be able to eat fresh fish for a long time to come.

If you are a fish lover like us but worry about sustainability, fear not – there are plenty of ways to eat and buy fish sustainably in NZ.

Download an App

Forest and Bird have created a Best Fish Guide app to help you make an informed choice when it comes to buying seafood. Download the app and use it to help you decide which fish to order in your fish delivery boxes or buy at the supermarket and even which seafood to order off the menu when dining out.

Find Your Voice

Us Kiwis don’t like to make a fuss, but the fish depend on it. The next time you’re out at a restaurant or fish monger, ask about the practices used to catch the fish, where it was caught and which species are being eaten. If they can’t give you an answer, go somewhere that can.

Practice Sustainable Fishing

From Auckland to Invercargill, fishing is a popular hobby amongst New Zealanders. When you’re out on the boat this summer make sure to fish sustainably by tossing undersized fish back, handling fish you throw back with care and sticking to fishing limits.

Small, Whole and Seasonal

Eating fresh fish in season and eating the whole fish – not just choice fillets – is a great way to enjoy seafood without a big carbon footprint. Another great option is to eat fish lower down on the food chain, like sardines, which breed quickly and live short lives making their fish populations hardier.

Fish Delivery Services

Freshcatch is proud to support sustainable fisheries and provide people around NZ with sustainably caught fish. Our fresh fish delivery service doesn’t only promote healthy fishing habits, we also use carbon neutral couriers and recyclable packaging, limiting our impact on the sea.

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