Fishing

Largest vessel due for delivery

[19 June/Otago Daily Times] New Zealand’s largest fishing vessel, the Tokatu, was due to arrive in Nelson follow its six week delivery voyage from Norway. The state of the art vessel is the first purpose built ship to be added to New Zealand’s deep water fleet in more than 20 years and was designed to...

Many skippers accused of avoiding fisheries observers

[11 June/Radio NZ] Forest and Bird accused fishing boat skippers of wriggling out of oversight by an observer from the Ministry for Primary Industries despite being legally obliged to do so. Some boats are required to have an observer on board to check up on environmental requirements such as not catching too many fish and...

Fishing industry open to cameras, but worry how data will be used

[8 June/The Country] The fishing industry was not opposed to the deployment of monitoring cameras on commercial boats, however was worried about the access to catch data and the cost of the policy. Fisheries Minister, Stuart Nash, said the deployment was on hold as he wanted more information. The cameras had been installed by Seafood...

Fishing giants under-reported hoki catch by ‘thousands of tonnes’

[24 May/Stuff] According to Fisheries Minister, Stuart Nash, fisheries companies have historically behaved badly but the reports of under-reported hoki catches several years ago was not grounds for an independent inquiry. Greenpeace Executive Director, Russel Norman, said that MPI had been captured by the fishing industry and he was not convinced anything had changed since...

Hoki Dokey: NZ fish skin facemasks to launch in China

[23 May/Radio NZ] Hoki skins that were destined for pet food are being used in facemasks to go on sale in China this month. Sanford has teamed up with innovation company, Revolution Fibres, to produce a skincare range. They claim it can reduce wrinkles by up to 31.5 percent. Revolution Fibres Research Manager, Bhuvana Kannan,...

Government drops plan to restrict deep sea trawling, protect orange roughy

[22 May/Stuff] The Government has halted plans to put restrictions on deep sea trawling after the fishing industry threatened legal action. The plans were to protect the stocks of deep sea orange roughy and prevent the destruction of delicate seabed life like coral and sponges. The High Seas Fisheries lobby group wrote to the Government...

Fishing companies develop code to life industry standards and image

[30 April/NZ Farmer] The fishing industry is working to lift its image when it came to protecting the marine environment. The major fishing companies have developed a fishing code to help achieve this. Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive, Tim Pankhurst, said the code represented simple rules about how the industry expects all its members to...

Controversial finfish research facility at Okiwi Bay close to completion

[30 April/NZ Farmer] Work on fish food company Skretting’s controversial project at Okiwi Bay is just weeks away from completion. Skretting NZ Technical Manager, Ben Wybourne, said despite delays, most of the main equipment and systems had been installed. He added that they would have their fish within the next two months. There was fierce...

New Sealord fishing vessel Tokatu soon head for Nelson

[16 April/Stuff] Sealord’s new $70m fishing vehicle is nearing completion and has been given the name Tokatu. This relates the phrase he tokatu moana which means a rock that withstands the ravages of the sea. A Sealord spokeswomen said that it was a strong name for a ship built with world class technology designed to...

Taranaki fishing operators welcome the code of conduct

[15 March/Stuff] According to a Taranaki fishing industry representative, a new code of conduct for the industry would put pressure on those who aren’t operating ethically and responsibly. It outlined a six point plan for the industry to follow. Egmont Seafoods Manager, Keith Mawson, said local fishing operators supported the code and that we have...

‘Huge concerns’ at fishing bycatch error – Forest and Bird

[22 February/The Country] The Government needs to do more to hold the fishing industry accountable after an error highlighted significant bycatch issues, according to the environmental advocacy group Forest and Bird. The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed that 39 dolphin captures reported in December last year were coding errors. The species caught was actually petrels....

Code of conduct for fishing reinforced by Nelson industry

[12 February/Stuff] Commercial fishermen in Nelson have reinforced their support for an industry-wide code of conduct to stop illegal practices. Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive, Tim Pankhurst and Fisheries Inshore New Zealand Chief Executive, Dr Jeremy Helson, visited Nelson and laid out their six point plan, which was partly aimed at minimising illegal practices. Mr...

Crayfish fishing ban wanted in Hauraki, Bay of Plenty

[11 February/Radio NZ] An environmental group is arguing for a ban on commercial crayfishing in the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty. A recent proposal to halve the quota in these areas will be considered by the Ministry for Primary Industries in April. Over the past 60 years, stocks have dropped up to 95 percent...

Fishing for the truth about penguins and dolphins snared in nets

[16 January/Stuff Environment] Forest and Bird have obtained a copy of a letter sent by a number of New Zealand’s commercial fishing organisations under the Official Information Act that asks the Ministry for Primary Industries to restrict access to video images that will be captured by electronic monitoring aboard fishing vessels.  Forest and Bird claim...

Sealord’s annual profit falls 19% on write down of now-exited UK business

[27 December/ National Business Review] Sealord’s holding company, Kura, has lodged its financial statements at the Companies Office showing a net profit of $18.5 million for the year to September 2017, having incurred a loss of $3.2 million on discontinued operations.  The financial statements indicate that the company has sold its UK processing business, Sealord Caistor,...

Sanford pulls out after big salmon by-catch

[6 December/ Otago Daily Times] Fish & Game has praised Sanford for voluntarily withdrawing from trawling around Banks Peninsula. Sanford’s decision was made after one of its vessels caught nearly 400 salmon as by-catch last weekend, of which 372 were escaped farm salmon and 22 were wild fish. Fish & Game Scientist, Mark Webb welcomed...

Warmer oceans: ‘We need to start planning for this now’

[5 December/ Stuff] According to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand’s fishing industry could hit a snag if it didn’t plan for warmer oceans significantly affecting marine life. The organisation explained that warmer oceans could affect phytoplankton, a key part of the marine ecosystems. A decrease in phytoplankton could lead...

Nash coy on fisheries changes, after report calls for major overhaul

[4 December/ Stuff] Fisheries Minister, Stuart Nash said plans would be announced before Christmas which may affect recreational fishers. The statement followed the release of ‘The Future Catch’, a report which called for compulsory fishing licences and the possible removal of minimum size limits for some species. NZ Sport Fishing Council Vice president, Bob Gutsell...

Digital catch monitoring must be delayed, fishing industry says

[26 August/Stiff: Business Day] The fishing industry has expressed concerns about the tight timeframes for implementing electronic monitoring and reporting of fishing catches and has called for a pause before the introduction. Trade Association, Fisheries Inshore New Zealand, said it supported electronic monitoring and reporting but said the Ministry for Primary Industries current plans are...

Weekend boaties call for better fish stock protection

[22 August/Radio New Zealand Country] Fisheries academic, Dr Randall Bess, has been researching the impact that recreational fishers have on national fisheries resources for the New Zealand Initiative and is currently conducting public meetings around the country to discuss the findings. The decrease in fish stocks is concern to many weekend boaties although they recognise...

Concerns raised about compulsory cameras on fishing vessels

[12 August/Radio New Zealand National] Commercial fisherman in Southland are demanding that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) halts its plans to put surveillance technology on all 1200 commercial fishing boats. The technology is intended to reducing non-compliance with regulations, such as the illegal dumping of fish. MPI officials faced opposition from fisherman in Invercargill...

Sport fishing council seeks changes to policy

[10 August/ NZ Herald] The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council is calling on political parties to consider a new approach to setting policy. Council Spokesperson Scott Macindoe said five major policy requirements were produced after full council discussion about fisheries stewardship. The five requirements are: to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry into fisheries management...

Commercial fishers to phase in digital monitoring from October

[13 July/ NZ Herald] A new regulatory regime which seeks to get better information to manage the country’s fisheries system means that New Zealand’s commercial fishers will phase in digital monitoring devices from October. The new regulations will require all trawl vessels 28 metres and longer to use geospatial position reporting and electronic log books...

Joint survey pools resources for underwater roughy stock-take

[12 July/Stuff] An expedition on board the Amaltal Explorer to survey the orange roughy population off New Zealand waters has helped collect data on two of New Zealand’s key orange roughy fisheries. The vessel spent ten days around the closed Cook Canyon (7B) fishery on the South Island’s West Coast. Talley’s supplied the Explorer vessel...