Fishing

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...

Scallop beds in Nelson and Marlborough closed for 2017-18

 [29 June/ Stuff] The Government has closed the scallop fisheries in Golden Bay, Tasman Bay and the Marlborough Sounds for the 2017-18 season due to low shellfish levels, and will allow the stocks to recover. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said surveys this year show the stocks have still not recovered significantly since the government...

Kaikōura fishery could be closed for up to a decade

 [22 June/ Radio NZ] Kaikōura and Marlborough’s quake-damaged fisheries industry may take up to a decade to recover. The Ministry for Primary Industries begun a series of public meetings on a proposal to set new closure terms for the area, as the current emergency closure expires in November. The closure relates to all shellfish and...

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...