Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Alfonsino

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Alfonsino Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Beryzx, Red Bream, Golden Eye Perch New Zealand Bottom Trawl, Midwater Trawl (BXY3)
Alfonsino Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Beryzx, Golden Eye Perch, Red Bream, New Zealand Midwater Trawl


Alfonsino, Trawl, New Zealand

Due to impacts of bottom trawling on seafloor habitats and species that are accidentally caught or harmed in this fishery, Seafood Watch rates trawl-caught alfonsino as an "Avoid." Look for midwater trawl-caught alfonsino (except from management area BXY3).

Consumer Note

Alfonsino from New Zealand is sometimes sold as red snapper, but should not be confused with the true red snapper found off the U.S. Atlantic coast.

Summary

There are two fishing methods for alfonsino in New Zealand: bottom trawl and midwater trawl. Due to impacts of bottom trawling on seafloor habitats and species that are accidentally caught or harmed, Seafood Watch rates bottom trawl-caught alfonsino as an "Avoid."

As midwater trawl gear does not touch the bottom, concerns with seafloor habitat are not an issue. But accidental bycatch is of concern, and these alfonsino fisheries are catching a number species of endangered albatrosses and petrels.

There are three management areas for this fishery, and in one of these (BXY3) the population size of alfonsino is unknown and there are bycatch concerns, leading to an "Avoid" rating also for midwater trawl. Both other areas using midwater trawl are a "Good Alternative."


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