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New Zealand has strong cultural ties with the Ocean. In addition, the ocean accounts for a large proportion of our food and trade. As fish numbers decline globally, our extensive coastline and relatively unpolluted waters highlight the Aquaculture and Fisheries development potential of New Zealand.

The two key concepts include

  • Fishing and Fisheries: a fishery is an organised effort to catch either fish or other aquatic species. You will learn about the dangers of overfishing and how fisheries can be better understood and managed.
  • Aquaculture: aquaculture is the aquatic version of agriculture. It looks at the production of aquatic species on land and sea-based farms.  This looks to sustain the fishing industry and solve the problem of overfishing fish in the wild. The Aquaculture industry has expanded rapidly in New Zealand with salmon and mussel farms. 
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