Fishes are exploited in many ways in New Zealand. Whether intensively farmed, commercially fished or individually caught, the welfare of fishes is often overlooked.
Many New Zealanders have grown up going fishing and have been conditioned to not consider the welfare of fishes in the same way as that of land animals. Fishes are usually pulled out of the water by a hook through their mouth and are often killed with a blow to the head, or simply left to suffocate on land as we would underwater.
Fishes are also affected by pollution. Oil spills, farm runoff and plastic waste in the ocean are all huge threats to fishes and their habitats.