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Variety

Cockle

Austrovenus stutchburyi

Method

Dredge, Hand harvest

Location

New Zealand

Overall Rating

3.4-3.5 / 5

Summary

The New Zealand cockle is a marine bivalve found on protected beaches and shores. The commercial fishery occurs at Whangarei Harbour, Otago Peninsula, and Tasman and Holden Bays. Each of those areas are considered separate populations and are therefore managed as such. Cockles are managed by the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand through a quota system with certain amounts of allocated for commercial, recreational, and customary fishing. Since the introduction of the quota system in 2002, the cockle harvest has been well below the total allowable catch and the population has remained stable.  Both hand picking and dredge has low level of associated bycatch and the fishery is thought to have a moderate impact on the habitat and ecosystem. The New Zealand cockle is an economically important shellfish species and Canada is the second most important importer after China.

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Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Burry Inlet cockles

Variety

Common cockle

Cerastoderma edule

Method

Wild

Hand harvest, Hand rake

Location

Burry Inlet, Carmarthenshire and Swansea, South Wales, UK

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Burry Inlet cockles

Summary

Ocean Wise recommends some Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries, but not all. Learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise.

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Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - DFPO Limfjord mussel and cockle

Variety

Common cockle

Cerastoderma edule

Method

Wild

Hydraulic dredge

Location

Denmark’s Limfjord, FAO Statistical Area 27

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
DFPO Limfjord mussel and cockle

Summary

Ocean Wise recommends some Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries, but not all. Learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise.

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Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - OHV Dutch Waddenzee and Oosterschelde Hand Raked cockle

Variety

Oosterschelde

Cerastoderma edule

Method

Wild

Hand rake

Location

Netherlands EEZ

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
OHV Dutch Waddenzee and Oosterschelde Hand Raked cockle

Summary

 Ocean Wise recommends some Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries, but not all. Learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise.

 

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Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - OHV Dutch Waddenzee and Oosterschelde Hand Raked cockle

Variety

Waddenzee

Cerastoderma edule

Method

Wild

Hand rake

Location

Netherlands EEZ

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
OHV Dutch Waddenzee and Oosterschelde Hand Raked cockle

Summary

Ocean Wise recommends some Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries, but not all. Learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise.

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Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Dee Estuary cockle

Variety

Common cockle

Cerastoderma edule

Method

Wild

Hand harvest

Location

Dee Estuary, UK

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Dee Estuary cockle

Summary

Ocean Wise recommends some Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries, but not all. Learn more about how the MSC certification was bench-marked to Ocean Wise.

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