Fishing

Bluff oyster farming companies may not have a future after cull

[19 June/ Stuff Business] The Ministry for Primary Industries has started to remove flat oysters from Big Glory Bay on Stewart Island as part of a programme to prevent the spread of the parasite Bonamia Ostraeae. The goal of the cull is to prevent the spread of the parasite to the Foveaux Strait wild fisheries...

MPI defends camera quality for fisheries prosecutions

 [12 June/ Radio NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says the cameras it is trialling on fishing boats will be used to prosecute illegal fishing. A leaked report written by two of the ministry’s forensic experts, said the camera footage being tested in a snapper fishery in Auckland showed the resolution was too poor...

Ministry urges stakeholder to drop a line regarding Blue Cod strategy engagement

[10 June/ Stuff] The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has identified the need for a National Blue Cod Strategy to provide an overarching, consistent management framework to improve pressured fisheries and maintain and enhance well-performing fisheries. MPI recognised an increasing fishing activity and changing environment may impact blue cod fisheries sustainability. In the second half...

Oyster cull won’t stop parasite, says farmer

 [10 June/Radio NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries is ordering a cull of farmed oysters on Stewart Island to stop the spread of bonamia ostreae, a parasite lethal to shellfish, to wild stocks. The Bluff oyster industry called for a complete cull, believing it is the only way of stopping the infection from reaching Foveaux...

Plea to sacrifice farmed oysters to save Bluff’s iconic shellfish

 [8 June/ Radio NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries has been considering pulling up thousands of farmed oysters in Stewart Island to stop the spread of bonamia ostreae. The parasite was found in two oyster farms in the area, and there are fears it could spread to nearby wild oyster populations in the Foveaux Strait....

NZ slammed again for lack of protection of Māui dolphins

 [8 June/ Radio NZ] New Zealand has been criticised by the International Whaling Commission (IWA) for its lack of protecting Māui dolphins. An IWA report notes there are about 60 Māui dolphins remaining, causing the IWA to call for immediate action to stop them being caught up in gillnets in their habitat. The report added...

Job prospects on new trawler

[3 June/ Otago Daily Times] Sealord’s new $70 million freezer stern trawler will expand Sealord’s overall fleet to six owned vessels, and two leased and is expected to be operational from May next year. Sealord Fleet Harvest Manager Scott Gillanders said the company will be looking for staff from the South Island and expected port...

More protection needed for whitebait species

[13 May/ Radio NZ Environment] The Conservation Authority has requested that the Department of Conservation consider what more can be done to insure the future of Whitebait, a native fish species.  The regulations have not changed since the mid 1990’s despite four of the five species being categorised as threatened.  Authority Chair, Warren Parker, said...

A special moment for Sanford CEO

[11 May/ National Business Review] Since Sanford Chief Executive Officer, Volker Kuntzsch, joined New Zealand’s biggest fishing company just over three years ago, its share price has increased from $4.42 to over $7 per share. Mr Kuntzsch said he had a vision of running the best seafood company in the world, but success would not...

Blue cod farms on the way? NZ scientists crack code to breeding and raising blue cod in captivity

[9 May/ Stuff] Scientists have discovered how to breed and grow blue cod fish in captivity for the first time. Ngai Tahu Seafood and the seafood technologies team at Plant and Food Research partnered up for the research and about 2000 blue cod have been raised from hatchlings to fingerlings. Aside from aquaculture opportunities, the...

Experts say industry should have to fund investigations marine mammal harm

 [3 April/ Stuff] Experts say companies conducting seismic survey action in New Zealand waters should pay for investigations into whale strandings and marine mammal death. Forest and Bird marine conservation advocate Anton Van Helden said a fund should be created so action can be taken when needed, adding that seismic surveys undoubtedly impact marine life,...

Kermadec puts Maori rights ‘at stake’

[29 March/ New Zealand Herald] Te Ohu Kaimoana Chairman, Jamie Tuuta said the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill undermines the integrity of the 1992 settlement and threatens iwi fishing interests around the Kermadec Islands. Mr. Tuuta has fought with the government over the proposed Kermadec ocean sanctuary, and the organization has filed papers in the High...

Paua industry welcomes the extension of the shell fishery closure along the Kaikoura coast

 [20 February/ Kaikoura Star] The Minister of Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, has announced that the emergency closure of the Kaikoura shell fishery, introduced after the earthquake, will be extended until at least 20 November. Minister Guy said that shellfish had been badly impacted by the earthquake with significant impacts on both adult and juvenile paua...

Govt challenges landmark restricted fishing ruling

 [Fishing/ NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that it has appealed an Environment Court decision that Councils are able to impose fishing rules in their regions for the purpose of protecting native species.  The case was taken to the court by Forest and Bird and Motite Rohe Moana Trust in a bid...

Researcher probes deep secrets to boost fish stocks

 [Fishing/ Business Day: NZ Farmers] Over the last two years, a Plant and Food Research senior scientist has developed a method to successfully breed New Zealand native fish species commercially.  Maren Wellenreuther has focused her research on snapper but noted she was planning to adapt the method to other New Zealand native species.  Ms Wellenreuther...

Sealord profit more than double

 [Fishing/ Otago Daily Times] Sealord reported a climb in net profits of $14 million to $22.9 million for the year ended 30 September 2016 from revenues up 5.3% and improved gross margins.  CEO, Steve Yung, said in December that the company had a experienced a good year with better catch volumes, better pricing and tighter...

 [16 December/ Business Day] Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy has officially reopened the Kaikoura fishery after a temporary emergency closure was put in place after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Mr Guy said the ministry had done an excellent job confirming the nature and scale of the earthquake’s impact on the crayfish population and habitat. My...

Sanford moves to restrict foreign shareholders to protect quotas

[15 December/ National Business Review] Sanford has asked shareholders to vote for a constitutional change so it could restrict the level of foreign ownership to 22.5 percent in order to avoid jeopardising its wild catch quota. The company told shareholders that if the rising foreign investor ownership of Sanford went above the 25 percent limit,...

Fishing companies announce plan to help protect Maui dolphin, take aim at set netting

 [15 December/ NZ Herald] Moana New Zealand and Sanford have begun working with World Wildlife Foundation to protect Maui dolphins. The companies want to protect the world’s rarest dolphin from fishing nets in the dolphin’s habitat along the west coast of the North Island. The plan proposed an end to coastal set netting and conventional...

Moana NZ posts 22% gain in full-year profit on increased Sealord return

 [15 December/ National Business Review] Moana New Zealand announced an increase in profit from $16 million in the year ended 30 September 2015 to $19.4 million in the year ended 30 September 2016. The company would pay a dividend of $8.2 million, up from $6.4 million a year ago. The increase in profit was primarily...

Temporary fishery closures around Kaikoura

 [21 November/ Press Release: Minister for Primary Industries] The Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, has announced a temporary closure of the shellfish and seaweed harvesting along the earthquake impacted coastline around Kaikoura, for an initial period of one month. The government is also providing a $2 million package to investigate the impact of the...

Seadragon first half loss widens to $3.4 million as it continues transformation to Omega 3 production

[18 November/ NZ Herald] Fish oil refiner, Seadragon, has more than quadrupled its first half loss as the company saw revenue fall by 35% as it continues to transition from Omega 2 products to higher value Omega 3 fish oil products. The company reported a loss of NZD3.4 million for the six month period, compared...

Sanford annual profit more than doubles on weaker kiwi

 [17 November/ National Business Review] NZX listed fishing company, Sanford, announced its annual results for the year to 30 September last week, reporting increased net profit (at NZD34.7 million compared to a profit of NZD13.8 million in the prior year) on the back of a weaker kiwi dollar and cheaper fuel costs. Revenue increased 2%...

Bathurst Resources and Talley’s buy three Solid Energy mines

[31 October/ Business Day] Bathurst Resources and Talley’s have bought three mines from Solid Energy, the collapsed state owned mining company. Talley’s Director, Andrew Talley said the investment gave the company some diversity away from their interests in seafood, frozen vegetables, dairy and meat. Mr Talley explained that the company was primarily involved in the...