Fishing and aquaculture

Investment and bigger catches for Sanford’s Timaru plant

[16 November/ Stuff] Increased investment by Sanford in its Timaru operation has been welcomed as a sign of continued commitment to South Canterbury’s economy. Sanford’s annual report detailed plans to finish building a multi-purpose room to provide better capacity and flexibility for processing toothfish and fresh fish at the Timaru factory. The report also noted...

Symposium to focus on salmon’s sharp decline

[5 November/Otago Daily Times] Fish and Game New Zealand (FGNZ) is hosting a two-day symposium in Ashburton next weekend to discuss the dramatic decline of wild salmon. FGNZ Councillor Matthew Hall said the population of New Zealand sea salmon is lowest since being introduced in the 1900’s. The symposium will feature speakers providing information on...

Crowdfunding project assists Ocean Beach stream planting

[3 November/New Zealand Herald] In the latest stage of an ongoing project to improve the Waipuka Stream at Ocean Beach, a section of the stream identified as a spawning site for native fish has been fenced off. The project is led by an innovative partnership between landowners, the estate of Pukepuke Tangiora, and the Million...

Kono signs greenshell mussel deal with Ngāi Tahu Seafood

[31 October/Stuff] In a recent agreement Kono has acquired Ngāi Tahu’s greenshell mussel assets. This includes a total of 15 farms, made up of seven in the Marlborough Sounds, two in Tasman Bay, and six in Golden Bay and Collingwood. Kono Chief Executive Rachel Taulelei said the deal allowed Kono to build a platform for...

MPI split won’t affect ‘done and dusted’ salmon farms, says NZKS

[29 October/Stuff] New Zealand King Salmon Chief Executive Grant Rosewarne confirmed the new Labour-led government and subsequent disbanding of the Ministry of Primary Industries would not affect the planned reallocation of salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds. The proposal, announced last January, sought to move six salmon farms from low flow to high flow sites...

MPI Warning: Social media seafood sales breach Fisheries Act

[26 October/New Zealand Herald] There has been a significant increase in illegal selling of seafood via Facebook. So far this year, the Ministry for Primary Industries had received more than 160 calls and emails reporting separate Facebook posts of people selling recreationally caught seafood. Buying and selling recreationally caught seafood, as well as swapping it,...

3.7kg rainbow trout opening day’s biggest catch

[12 October/ New Zealand Herald] A 3.7kg rainbow trout caught at Lake Okataina was measured as opening day’s biggest fish. Lake Rotoiti offered the best-conditioned fish. The year’s fishing season began on October 1 at Rotorua’s three lakes. Fish and Game officers, honorary rangers and other volunteers surveyed over 600 fishers and weighed and measured...

Investigations continue as paratyphoid cases peak

[10 October/ New Zealand Herald] Investigations are continuing into the cause of September’s paratyphoid outbreak, including how the Napier Marina shellfish were contaminated. The illness has been connected to mussels collected from Ahuriri and consumed at two tangis in August and September. During the outbreak, the amount of typhoid-like illness cases increased to 10, and...

Fishing industry urged to hook into genomic tools

[29 September/ Stuff] Plant and Food Senior Scientist Dr Maren Wellenreuther said genomic tools could be a game changer for the fishing industry. Genomics is the study of the genes that control characteristics in organisms. Ms Wellenreuther said its ability to help breeders select desirable traits in parents and offspring was currently and successfully used...

MPI vows zero-tolerance approach after $500 fines for taking rare toheroa from 90 Mile Beach

[29 September/ New Zealand Herald] Two men were fined $500 each after being caught with 43 toheroa, a rare shellfish, from 90 Mile Beach. The toheroa fishery was closed across New Zealand 35 years ago after toheroa numbers began to plummet. Ministry for Primary Industries Spokesman Steve Rudsdale said the event was disappointing as toheroa...

Should we eat our way out of the jellyfish problem?

 [26 September/ Stuff] Scientists including Niwa Emeritus Researcher Dennis Gordon think it would be a good idea to start eating the jellyfish. Although jellyfish are mostly water, the bowl contains protein. Due to jellyfish numbers increasing globally, there are fears jellyfish’s poisonous stings are an increasing and significant threat to humans. Jellyfish are common in...

‘Golden trout’ released into Rotorua lakes

 [21 September/ New Zealand Herald] Fish & Game staff have completed the operation to release 30 rainbow trout with specially numbered pink tags for its Fish for Gold promotion, launching October 1 and finishing October 8. The two large prizes are $10,000 cash and an outboard motor valued at $949. 10 of the pink tagged...

The end of farmed oysters off Stewart Island as MPI confirms it’s unsustainable

[2 August/ Stuff] It is unlikely that Bluff oysters will be farmed in Stuart Island again, as the MPI has called for Big Glory Bay oyster farming to be finished. Ministry for Primary Industries Director of Readiness and Response Geoff Gwyn said the MPI call comes after strong evidence that farming of flat oysters with Bonamia...

Fish company fined over 5000 unrecorded work hours

[27 July/ Radio NZ] A Japanese fishing company was fined over $122,000 after a Labour Inspectorate found 16 Indonesian employees were on average paid half of the hours they worked, and the company Ikeda Suisan failed to keep accurate time and wage records while in New Zealand waters over April and June 2015. The Ministry...

Plastic ‘being regularly ingested’ by fish consumed in New Zealand

[26 July/ Stuff] Research by PhD student Ana Markic from the Auckland University Institute of Marine Science has shown seven out of eight species common in New Zealand ate plastic on a regular basis, which potentially puts NZ consumers and the fishing industry at risk. Ms Markic said all fish tested in the study are...