High Seas Fisheries
There are still vast areas of the ocean that are not part of any nation’s Exclusive
Economic Zone. These are referred to as the high seas.
Because the high seas don’t belong to one country, many nations
catch the fish that live in or migrate through these waters. This
is having an impact on the stocks. The United Nations Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently warned that more than
two-thirds of high-seas fish stocks are depleted or at high risk of
New Zealand is working with other countries to develop
international agreements to manage fishing in a sustainable
way. It is important for New Zealand to lead by example.
We need to do the best we can to ensure our fisheries remain
healthy. That means making sure our commercial fishers abide
by our laws and that we don’t buy or sell illegally caught fish.