Is southern blue whiting sustainable?

Sustainable southern blue whiting is widely available in Australia and New Zealand. Just look for southern blue whiting products with the blue fish tick in all major supermarkets.

What is southern blue whiting?

Southern blue whiting (Micromesistus australis) is a codfish known for its delicate, moist and easily flaked flesh. It has a low oil content and firmer flesh than the blue whiting from the northern hemisphere.

How do I know if southern blue whiting is sustainable?

Southern blue whiting carrying the MSC blue fish tick is certified sustainable. MSC labelled southern blue whiting comes from a fishery that has been independently assessed to the MSC Fisheries Standard. Companies using the blue fish tick all along the supply chain have been assessed to ensure products can be traced back to an MSC certified fishery.

Where can I buy sustainable southern blue whiting?

You’ll find southern blue whiting with the blue fish tick from Sealord, Bird's Eye and Just Caught, available in supermarket freezer aisles.

MSC certified  southern blue whiting is fished in the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), to the south and southeast of NZ's South Island. The Deepwater Group, which represents quota owners, works in close partnership with Fisheries New Zealand in managing the stocks.

Southern blue whiting facts

Southern blue whiting are widely dispersed most of the year but form dense schools when they come together to spawn. They are an important food source for other species and play an important role in the pelagic ecosystem.

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