Fishing

First sinks coalition partners’ plan for fisheries review NZ

[2 December/Stuff] It has been reported that the New Zealand First party has scuppered plans for a panel to be established to provide expert advice to the government on New Zealand’s fishing industry. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash planned to revitalise the technical advisory panel, which was set up by the National Government to give expert...

Sanford’s full year profit hit by climate change impact

[15 November/Radio NZ] Listed fishing company, Sanford Group, said its full year profit rose by 13 percent to $42.3 million in the 12 months ended in September. It was boosted by an insurance payout to cover earthquake damage to a mussel processing facility in Havelock, which had contributed to an overall drop of 15 percent...

New whitebait season gets underway as pressures mount

[15 August/Stuff] As the New Zealand whitebait season starts, there is growing concern about stock levels. Conservation advocacy groups renewed warnings about the low state of whitebait stocks and renewed pleas for a ban on commercial whitebaiting. A report by the Department of Conservation revealed that at least three of the five native species were...

Seafood industry an improving student but could try harder says executive

[2 August/Stuff] Seafood NZ Executive Chairman, Craig Ellison, updated his personal appraisal on the state of the industry at this year’s Seafood New Zealand conference. In 2017, he likened the industry to a studious pupil who showed signs of maturity, but could do better.  He now suggested the industry had made some positive moves towards...

Seafood companies slammed over treatment of foreign crew workers

[17 July/Radio NZ] Seafood companies were told to take responsibility for the treatment of foreign crews who caught fish for them. Labour Inspectorate National Manager, Stu Lumsden, said there were concerns the industry was neglecting its obligations despite three years of discussions. He added the New Zealand seafood industry had to understand sustainability wasn’t only...

Pledges to limit Antarctic krill harvest a first step – Greenpeace

[16 July/Radio NZ] According to Greenpeace, a promise by global krill harvesting companies to stop fishing for them in large areas of the Antarctic Ocean was a positive step in a long process. New Zealand companies supported the global move to create the world’s biggest marine reserve in Antarctic waters. Greenpeace said fishing for Antarctic...

Industry letter to Government criticises fishing camera proposal

[15 July/Stuff] According to the fishing industry, a Government plan to put cameras on board commercial fishing vessels was driven by a level of hysteria around discarding fish and had been poorly thought through around what policy objectives it was trying to address. Fisheries Minister, Stuart Nash, confirmed he would push the plans to put...

Hawke’s Bay Seafoods vessels at risk after fishing company convictions

[22 June/NZ Herald] Four fishing boats could be lost as a four year legal battle cumulates following the search of the headquarters of Hawke’s Bay Seafoods. The possible loss was signalled yesterday after 130 convictions were entered in the Wellington District Court which originated from fishing catch regulation breaches. A total of 85 convictions were...

Closure of scallop fishery to be extended in South Island

[12 June/Radio NZ] Fisheries New Zealand planned to extend the closure of the southern scallop fishery in the top of the South Island. The Ministry for Primary Industries said a critical downturn in stocks forced the closure in Tasman, Golden Bays and the Marlborough Sounds ins 2016. The closure was extended to Port Underwood last...

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,...