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The New Zealand seafood industry has been deemed an essential business in the current lockdown. 

That means, where possible, our men and women are still out there working to bring you fresh seafood. We take the safety of our people extremely seriously. 

While operating in an environment of social distancing and community restrictions is challenging, we are doing our utmost to meet strict government requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

We thank our people and thank you for your support.


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Where can I buy seafood during Covid-19?

The following businesses are currently offering the online purchase and delivery of fresh seafood.

This is not a Seafood New Zealand endorsement of these companies. Each business is required to operate in accordance with the relevant covid-19 guidelines. 

 

Erik’s Fish and Chips ....................................... (Queenstown, PICK UP)

Sea2door ………………………………………... (Christchurch) 

Theo’s Fisheries ………………………………... (Christchurch, PICK UP)

Fush ................................................................. (Christchurch, PICK UP)

Little Fish Co .................................................... (Christchurch, PICK UP)

Finest Kind ………………………………………. (Nelson)

Guyton's ………………………………………….. (Nelson & Marlborough)

Harbour Fish …………………………………….. (South Island)

Kings Fishmarket ………………………………... (South Island)

Wellington Sea Market …………………………. (Wellington)

Tora Collective …………………………………... (Wellington)

Black Rocks Fishing Co...………………………. (Wellington)

The Chippery ..............................………………. (Wellington)

Paradise Seafoods ............................................ (Wellington, PICK UP)

FishSmith ........................................................... (Auckland, PICK UP)

Sanford & Sons ………………………………….. (Auckland)

Oceanz Seafood …………………………………. (Auckland)

Crystal Bay Seafoods ..................………………. (Auckland)

Kiwi Fish ............................................................. (Auckland)

The Seafood Collective ………………………….. (Auckland, PICK UP)

 

Coromandel Takeaways …………………………. (Coromandel & Whitianga)

Egmont Seafoods ........................……...……….. (North Island)

Wildfish Export ...........................………………... (North Island)

East Rock Ltd ..............................……………….. (North Island)

Clevedon Oysters ................................................ (North Island)

Takitimu Seafoods .....................…...................... (Nationwide)

Apatu Aqua .......................................................... (Nationwide)

Solander .............................................................. (Nationwide)

Mahurangi Oysters .............................................. (Nationwide)

Aquafresh for Seafood ........................................ (Nationwide)

Westfleet Seafoods ……………………................ (Nationwide)

Yellow Brick Road (martin@yellowbkroad.com) .. (Nationwide) 

Chatham Island Food Co ………………............... (Nationwide)

Sea Urchin New Zealand ………………............... (Nationwide)

Oceans North Seafood …..……………................. (Nationwide)

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon ........................................ (Nationwide)

High Country Salmon ........................................... (Nationwide)

Akaroa Salmon ..................................................... (Nationwide)

Sovereign Salmon ………………………………….. (Nationwide)

Pacific Harvest Seafoods …………….................... (Nationwide & Australia)

What's in seafood?

Protein plays an important role in our health, it is necessary for building and the repair of tissue in our body, and for the growth and development of bones in children aged 4 years and over. It also contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. 

Seafood contains many vitamins and minerals that hold an important role in our health too. Many species are a good source of selenium and vitamin B12.  Selenium is necessary for a healthy immune system and vitamin B12 is necessary for normal brain function.  Both contribute to the growth and development of children.

 

 

Vitamins & minerals

Many species are a good source of selenium and vitamin B12.  Selenium is necessary for a healthy immune system, hair and nails, and vitamin B12, found in white fish, is important for brain function and energy metabolism.  Both contribute to the growth and development of children.

Oily fish are a particularly rich source of vitamins A and D, which are important in the growth and development of children. 

Seafood also contains minerals such as iodine, important for brain and thyroid function, and zinc – a mineral keeping us in good reproductive health.

 

Salt & sodium

Despite having a high mineral content, fresh seafood is low in salt and sodium.

Swapping a ready meal that's high in sodium for a seafood dish can help in lowering your salt intake while boosting your health.

Protein

Seafood is an excellent source of protein, and contains small amounts of 'good' fats, known as omega-3s. Protein-rich fish and shellfish can help to nourish your muscles, as well as warding off colds and flu.

Foods with high protein content tend to be lower in calories while keeping us fuller for longer.

 

 

Shellfish & dietary cholestrol

It's worth bearing in mind that shellfish does contain dietary cholesterol. However, saturated fats (which seafood is low in) are likelier to cause high blood cholesterol levels than dietary cholesterol, which needn't be avoided unless you suffer from the genetic condition, Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) or Familial Combined Hyperlipidaemia (FCH).

 

 

Health benefits

Research has shown that eating fish and shellfish regularly is beneficial to our bodies in many ways. Here are several great reasons to introduce more seafood into your diet:

1. GREAT FOR YOUR HEART
Seafood is low in saturated fat and high in omega-3, both of which can protect the heart from disease and lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood

 

2. CIRCULATION
Eating fish can improve your circulation and reduce the risk of thrombosis. The EPA and DHA - omega-3 oils in seafood, can save your body from having to produce eicosanoids, a hormone-like substance which can make you more likely to suffer from blood clots and inflammation.

 

3. JOINT BENEFITS
Eating fish as a regular part of a balanced diet has been suggested to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, a condition causing the joints to swell. Research has also investigated the link between omega-3s and osteoarthritis, suggesting that eating more seafood could help prevent the disease.

 

4. EYES
Eating oil-rich fish regularly can help keep the eyes bright and healthy. Fish and shellfish also contain retinol, a form of vitamin A which boosts night vision.

 

5. ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS
Seafood provides us with many essential nutrients that keeps the body healthy, including iodine, selenium, zinc, potassium and vitamins A, D, and B12.

 

6. SKIN
Omega-3 can help to protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV damage and relieve the symptoms of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Fish also contains collagen, a structural protein that keeps the skin firm and flexible.

 

7. BRAIN POWER
The human brain is almost 60 percent fat, with much of this being omega-3 fat. For this reason, research has indicated that people who eat plenty of seafood are less likely to suffer dementia and memory problems in later life. DHA, an omega-3 fat found in seafood, has also been linked to improvements in children's concentration, reading skills, behaviour, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

 

 


Two portions a week

Many experts recommend eating at least two portions of seafood every week.

One portion of seafood is generally considered to be about 140g of seafood, or a portion the size of your fist.

Seafood can also be eaten or introduced to your diet while pregnant. According to the Ministry for Primary Industry’s website, Omega 3 is important for the development of the central nervous system in babies, before and after they are born. However, you shouldn’t eat raw seafood (fish, shellfish or crustaceans etc) when pregnant. Well-cooked seafood, such as steamed mussels, or fish and shellfish cooked in a chowder, is safe to consume providing it is cooked thoroughly and eaten hot.

The Ministry for Primary Industries also has guidance on keeping your exposure to mercury within safe limits.