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UK’s Waitrose: NO NZ Hoki

Posted by te2ataria on July 25, 2009

For the original story click on the below link:

UK’s Waitrose refuses to stock NZ-caught hoki

NZ hoki - nz gov photo
Waitrose supermarkets say “NO” to NZ-caught hoki. Image NZ govt.


Fishing for hoki – The deep-sea fish hoki, also known as blue hake or blue grenadier, is one of New Zealand’s biggest fish exports. Hoki fishing began in the Tasman Sea, but has expanded to include Cook Strait, the Chatham Rise and subantarctic waters. In the decade to 2002 the annual quota for the catch was 200,000 tonnes. In 2004 the Tasman Sea stock was estimated to be down to about 13% of the biomass before fishing developed in 1972, with a warming trend in the Tasman likely to be a contributing factor. The quota was reduced to 180,000, then to 100,000 tonnes in 2004. Caption: NZ govt.

“There are some MSC fisheries that we don’t stock, such as the MSC New Zealand hoki fishery, which conducts bottom trawling,” Jeremy Langley, specialist fish buyer for Waitrose said in a report by Seafoodsource.com.

At least a dozen other supermarket chains in Europe and North America have also removed New Zealand caught orange roughy from their shelves because it goes against their sustainability policies. “Orange roughy is also caught by bottom trawling, dragging large, weighted nets across the ocean floor which lays waste to seabed communities, particularly on the seamounts where some fish species gather to feed and reproduce, and is considered one of the most destructive forms of fishing.” A report said.

“Waitrose has also pledged to buy only pole-and-line caught canned tuna.” Seafood News said.

Interestingly, NZ Govt has admitted that Waitrose hoki ban was not widely reported in UK’s Big Brother media.

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  • 3 Responses to “UK’s Waitrose: NO NZ Hoki”

    1. […] UK’s Waitrose: NO NZ Hoki […]

    2. te2ataria said

      UK supermarket group won’t buy factory farm butter
      7 January 2010

      A large supermarket chain in the UK, Waitrose Ltd, has told Kapiti Independent News it will boycott any New Zealand dairy produce from factory farms.

      This statement follows proposals from three NZ companies to set up massive factory farms in the pristine landscape of the McKenzie country in the South island.

      The companies are applying for consents to set up 16 new factory farms, housing nearly 18,000 cows in cubicle shelters for 24 hours a day, 8 months of the year.

      Because the proposals mark such a departure from the NZ tradition of pastoral dairy farming – and because the plans affect a unique NZ landscape – KIN asked the Waitrose supermarket group for their reaction to the proposals.

      And it was decidedly negative.

      The Waitrose Company has more than 200 branches throughout the UK and is known for its high-quality retailing and its high ethical standards.

      The company’s Communications Manager (Agriculture), Amy Hayward-Paine, told KIN the supermarket chain would not buy produce from dairy factory farms.

      Amy Hayward-Paine says:

      “Waitrose is dedicated to delivering the very highest standards of animal welfare at home and abroad and working collaboratively with farmers and suppliers to ensure that these standards are maintained.

      “It is our understanding that it is a small group (of non-Waitrose supplying farmers) that is looking into changing some aspects of dairying in New Zealand, a process which is in the early stages of investigation.”

      Animal welfare vital

      She says: “I can assure you that, in line with our policies, Waitrose would not source own-label dairy products from farmers in New Zealand that did not allow their cows to roam freely outside, or to have the best welfare standards.”

      The Waitrose Manager also says:” Waitrose have had confirmation from Fronterra, who produce the milk for Anchor butter, that they will continue to graze their herds outside.”

      She says Waitrose now has a total of 222 branches, which includes smaller ‘convenience’ formats, retail outlets in some motorway service stations, and a presence in Dubai.

      The Waitrose website also stresses quality.

      It states: “The careful way we source our food is the corner-stone of how we do business – both with British companies and those of other countries.”

      Earlier this year, Waitrose announced it was rejecting NZ hoki supplies because ‘bottom trawling’ is used in NZ fisheries.

      On the general issue of food quality, Ms Hayward-Paine adds:

      “Last year we launched the essential Waitrose range which delivers the high quality you would expect from Waitrose for less than you might expect to spend.

      “Everything in the range continues to meet the high standards of Waitrose quality and care.”

      No produce from factory farms

      “For instance,” Ms Wayward-Paine says, ”All pork is British and comes from pigs that are outdoor bred; all chicken is British; eggs are free range; all bananas are Fairtrade; and our lamb is best in season (so comes from either New Zealand or Wales).

      “At the heart of our supply chain are our producer groups that span the livestock, milk, farmed fish, fruit and vegetable categories.”

      The Waitrose communication manger also outlines the Waitrose policy of working closely with producer groups.

      She says: “The principles of a dedicated producer group and a collaborative supply chain are active across all our primary producer groups.

      “This commitment provides a solid boost in confidence for the group’s members to maintain and increase production and invest in the future.”

    3. Yan said

      Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Looking at this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about poisoned food. I am going to forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!

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