(New Zealand, Midwater Trawl)
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).
Beryzx, Red bream, Golden eye perch
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.
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" ranking also for midwater trawl. Both other areas using midwater trawl are a "Good Alternative."