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Friday 20 May 2022

Seafood

Sanford’s H1 momentum dampened by domestic challenges
19 May 2022  

Sanford’s H1 momentum dampened by domestic challenges

First half EBIT jumps 79% but NZ’s largest seafood company is battling supply side challenges as Covid hits production and staffing levels.


NZCS lines up takeover target after upbeat Q1
18 May 2022   /

NZCS lines up takeover target after upbeat Q1

The seafood supplement specialist has booked a strong start to the year with revenue jumping 242% from the same quarter in 2021.


Fishers caught with 45 times daily snapper limit face prosecution
17 May 2022   /

Fishers caught with 45 times daily snapper limit face prosecution

Ministry for Primary Industries fishery officers have caught a group of five recreational fishers in East Auckland with more than 45 times the daily snapper limit. The group had 348 MORE »


Southland firm fined for poor seafood records
13 May 2022   /

Southland firm fined for poor seafood records

A Southland company has been fined $10,400 after failing to keep a fish sales record system for seafood it was moving between its Te Anau restaurants.


Another loan for SeaDragon from Pescado
11 May 2022  

Another loan for SeaDragon from Pescado

SeaDragon has signed a new secured loan agreement of $500,000 with its majority shareholder, Pescado Holdings.


NZ King Salmon raises $50m, allocates shortfall
10 May 2022   /

NZ King Salmon raises $50m, allocates shortfall

New Zealand King Salmon has closed its $60.1m underwritten 2.85 for 1 pro rata rights offer.


Feedback sought on Fisheries Amendment Bill
9 May 2022   /

Feedback sought on Fisheries Amendment Bill

Parliament’s Primary Production Committee is calling for submissions on the Fisheries Amendment Bill.


Seafood Stars Awards nominations open
9 May 2022   /

Seafood Stars Awards nominations open

Nominations are open for the 2022 Seafood Stars Awards, designed to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to the seafood industry.


NewFish launches “world first” pāua product, lands research funding
2 May 2022   /

NewFish launches “world first” pāua product, lands research funding

The biotech and future food venture debuts Pāua Saucisson and secures HVN backing to validate the known benefits of NZ’s Blackfoot Pāua.


Toxoplasmosis, not fishing, poses dolphin threat – Seafood NZ
2 May 2022   /

Toxoplasmosis, not fishing, poses dolphin threat – Seafood NZ

Seafood New Zealand has questioned why the government has not acted on advice that toxoplasmosis, not fishing, will likely cause the extinction of the Maui and Hector’s dolphins.


Sanford hooks nearly $50m from cray quota sale
29 Apr 2022  

Sanford hooks nearly $50m from cray quota sale

Seafood company Sanford is exiting two crayfish quotas, and considering the sale of a third to reinvest the cash into growing its salmon and mussel business, as well as its wildcatch division.


Govt climate change plan: Primary, fisheries industries need to adapt
28 Apr 2022  

Govt climate change plan: Primary, fisheries industries need to adapt

New Zealand’s fisheries and land-based primary industries are two of the most exposed sectors to climate change and the failure of firms to adapt will impact their viability, says the government’s proposed plan to deal with the issue.


NZ King Salmon opens $60m rights issue
28 Apr 2022  

NZ King Salmon opens $60m rights issue

New Zealand King Salmon has opened its $60.1m underwritten pro rata 2.85 for 1 rights offer – the proceeds of which will be used to deleverage its balance sheet and improve liquidity.


Takitimu Seafoods restructure puts 45 jobs on the line
28 Apr 2022   /

Takitimu Seafoods restructure puts 45 jobs on the line

Hawke’s Bay iwi-owned Takitimu Seafoods has started a restructure consultation process which could see its headcount reduce from 70 workers to 25 after falling to a $6.9m loss in its 2020-21 year.


Sealord conservation proposal for fishing seamounts
22 Apr 2022   /

Sealord conservation proposal for fishing seamounts

Nelson-based fishing company Sealord is proposing that 89% of known seamounts in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone be placed into conservation.


Global alt-seafood investment doubled in 2021 – GFI
21 Apr 2022   /

Global alt-seafood investment doubled in 2021 – GFI

Alternative protein trends could promote a global transformation in the seafood industry, according to GFI.


A closer look: NZKS overhaul will see 100 jobs go
14 Apr 2022  

A closer look: NZKS overhaul will see 100 jobs go

The salmon farmer expects many roles to go via natural attrition, as it reduces its harvest size from 8,000 to 6,500 tonnes.


NZ King Salmon posts $73m loss, launches $60m cap raise
13 Apr 2022  

NZ King Salmon posts $73m loss, launches $60m cap raise

Alongside the capital raise, the company is making structural changes to its farming model, slashing costs and shedding jobs.


NZ King Salmon trading halt, moots possible cap raise
13 Apr 2022  

NZ King Salmon trading halt, moots possible cap raise

The company says it will make a “material announcement regarding its full year results and a potential cap raise”.


Most of NZ’s fish stocks performing well – Fisheries NZ
12 Apr 2022  

Most of NZ’s fish stocks performing well – Fisheries NZ

The majority of New Zealand’s fish stocks are performing well, according to Fisheries New Zealand’s latest status report.


Ngati Porou Seafoods expands with $7.5m Akaroa Salmon deal
11 Apr 2022   /

Ngati Porou Seafoods expands with $7.5m Akaroa Salmon deal

The iwi-controlled entity makes its first foray into aquaculture as part of a jv with private equity.


NZ Coastal Seafoods to raise $1.5m
5 Apr 2022   /

NZ Coastal Seafoods to raise $1.5m

New Zealand Coastal Seafoods Limited is raising $1.5m from new and existing shareholders.


NZ King Salmon delays FY results due to Omicron
31 Mar 2022  

NZ King Salmon delays FY results due to Omicron

New Zealand King Salmon has been granted permission to delay the release of its full year results due to Omicron taking out members of its finance team and audit provider.


Scallops off the menu in Northland, Coromandel
29 Mar 2022   /

Scallops off the menu in Northland, Coromandel

Depleted scallop fisheries at Northland, Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel will close on 1 April.


Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Catalist auction opens
29 Mar 2022   /

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Catalist auction opens

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon’s quarterly auction has gone live on Catalist .


Govt takes stake in aquaculture venture, commits $6m
25 Mar 2022   /

Govt takes stake in aquaculture venture, commits $6m

The government has entered the mussel hatchery business acquiring equity in an iwi-run venture and committing up to $6m.


Watch: Ōra King Salmon’s ‘Our Story’
24 Mar 2022   /

Watch: Ōra King Salmon’s ‘Our Story’

Ōra King Salmon’s beautifully filmed Our Story documentary.


Mt Cook Alpine Salmon looks for liquidity on Catalist
16 Mar 2022   /

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon looks for liquidity on Catalist

The current shareholders will be able to cash out of the company, currently generating nearly $40m in revenue, via the new capital platform.


NZCS narrows H1 loss, uncertainty remains
15 Mar 2022  

NZCS narrows H1 loss, uncertainty remains

Seafood producer New Zealand Coastal Seafoods has narrowed its half-yearly loss in the six months to December 2021 to $1.5m, compared with the previous $1.7m loss.


Catalano’s Seafood raises A$5m from ASX debut
15 Mar 2022   /

Catalano’s Seafood raises A$5m from ASX debut

Catalano’s Seafood has listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, raising over A$5m from its initial public offering.


Talley’s responds to court verdict
10 Mar 2022   /

Talley’s responds to court verdict

Talley’s says it did not direct the master of a vessel to fish in a closed area.


Amaltal, ship’s master guilty of fishing breaches
9 Mar 2022   /

Amaltal, ship’s master guilty of fishing breaches

Amaltal Fishing Co Limited, along with the master of its fishing vessel, the Amaltal Apollo, have been found guilty of 14 charges of breaching the conditions of a high seas fishing permit.


Watch: Is shrimp a sustainable catch?
8 Mar 2022   /

Watch: Is shrimp a sustainable catch?

Shrimp: a sustainable catch? From Financial Times’ Food Revolution series


NZ-UK FTA an export boost for seafood
3 Mar 2022   /

NZ-UK FTA an export boost for seafood

The seafood industry says tariff free access into the UK is a major bonus after the government signed a free trade agreement this week.


Watch: Ōra King – Our Story
3 Mar 2022   /

Watch: Ōra King – Our Story

A neat look at an excerpt from Ōra King – our Story, from Ōra King Salmon of course.


Perspectives: Swap salmon for sardines to keep four million tonnes of fish in the sea
2 Mar 2022   /

Perspectives: Swap salmon for sardines to keep four million tonnes of fish in the sea

Dr David Willer writes sardines should replace salmon to keep fish stocks healthy.


Watch: Sanford second skipper Tyler Materoa
28 Feb 2022  

Watch: Sanford second skipper Tyler Materoa

From Sanford’s Our Stories series – this one profiling second skipper Tyler Materoa.


NIWA trials autonomous fish-counting vessel
22 Feb 2022   /

NIWA trials autonomous fish-counting vessel

NIWA scientists have completed a first successful deep water test run in the Cook Strait of a six-metre-long autonomous vessel to help them count fish.


Fishing firm director fined again
18 Feb 2022   /

Fishing firm director fined again

The director of Tuna Fishing Company Limited has been sentenced for offences under the Fisheries Act for a second time in two years.


Protection urged for scallop stocks
17 Feb 2022   /

Protection urged for scallop stocks

The Environmental Defence Society wants stronger long-term protection measures to manage north-eastern scallop stocks.


Sanford Q1 signals start of Covid recovery, Omicron caveat…
10 Feb 2022  

Sanford Q1 signals start of Covid recovery, Omicron caveat…

Strategy refresh work continues ahead of a June announcement, as Q1 prices and volumes improve on last year.


…while NZ Coastal Seafoods’ Q4 revenue falls as it transitions from daigou
10 Feb 2022   /

…while NZ Coastal Seafoods’ Q4 revenue falls as it transitions from daigou

But the company says it is seeing benefits from a renewed focus on the domestic market and a sales drive overseas.


Greens call for treaty to combat industrial fishing, plastic pollution
10 Feb 2022   /

Greens call for treaty to combat industrial fishing, plastic pollution

Pressure is mounting on the government to support a global treaty to protect the oceans.


RMA reform needed to help aquaculture – govt
9 Feb 2022   /

RMA reform needed to help aquaculture – govt

The government has cited New Zealand King Salmon’s difficulties to illustrate that the RMA needs reform.


Aquaculture highlighted to boost Southland economy
8 Feb 2022  

Aquaculture highlighted to boost Southland economy

Clean energy, land use and aquaculture have been identified as three areas of accelerating economic growth in Southland once the Tiwai Point smelter shuts down.


Public warned away from collecting West Coast shellfish
8 Feb 2022   /

Public warned away from collecting West Coast shellfish

Public health warnings are in place for people not to collect and eat shellfish on the South Island’s West Coast because of unsafe levels of toxins.


Aquaculture venture looks to hook new investors
4 Feb 2022   /

Aquaculture venture looks to hook new investors

The current backers are seeking fresh investment to bring forward plans for an Aquaculture Centre of Excellence in the deep south.


NZKS shares fall 15% on earnings downgrade
2 Feb 2022  

NZKS shares fall 15% on earnings downgrade

New Zealand King Salmon shares have slumped 15% after the company warned of lower earnings.


NZKS warns of “serious” earnings hit as warm waters kill fish
1 Feb 2022  

NZKS warns of “serious” earnings hit as warm waters kill fish

New Zealand King Salmon says warm water temperatures are leading to “higher than expected sea farm mortality” that will hit earnings by up to $5m.


Talley’s Group sues TVNZ
10 Dec 2021   /

Talley’s Group sues TVNZ

The company says the broadcaster made a series of false and defamatory claims about its operations.


Govt invests in $5m regenerative seaweed pilot
9 Dec 2021   /

Govt invests in $5m regenerative seaweed pilot

The government is investing nearly $2m into a $5m commercial regenerative seaweed farming pilot that aims to provide proof-of-concept for commercial scale production.


Sealord fills Foodstuffs gap – at a price…
8 Dec 2021   /

Sealord fills Foodstuffs gap – at a price…

The seafood company secures new opportunities for product formerly destined for Foodstuffs, but not at the same price.


… while CEO Doug Paulin charts a novel vax position for staff
8 Dec 2021   /

… while CEO Doug Paulin charts a novel vax position for staff

Sealord will not make Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory for New Zealand staff, seeking instead to mirror in the workplace what could reasonably be expected in a public environment.


NZ King Salmon, Scales upgrade guidance, Delegat sanguine on FY22

NZ King Salmon, Scales upgrade guidance, Delegat sanguine on FY22

New Zealand King Salmon and Scales have upgraded their earnings forecasts citing improving conditions and strong ingredients performance respectively.


MPI invests $650k to combat pests, help aquaculture
6 Dec 2021   /

MPI invests $650k to combat pests, help aquaculture

The Ministry for Primary Industries is investing $650,000 over four years to help stamp out invasive marine pests and help the aquaculture industry.


Sealord wins Woolworths supplier award
6 Dec 2021   /

Sealord wins Woolworths supplier award

Australia’s Woolworths Group has named Sealord one of its top suppliers for the year.


Kaikōura’s pāua fishery re-opens for three months
2 Dec 2021   /

Kaikōura’s pāua fishery re-opens for three months

Kaikōura’s pāua fishery has re-opened after being closed for five years following the 2016 earthquakes.


Marlborough winner at Global Seafood Alliance awards
1 Dec 2021   /

Marlborough winner at Global Seafood Alliance awards

A Marlborough company has been recognised for its oyster farm technology, picking up the 2021 Global Aquaculture Innovation Award at the Global Seafood Alliance Awards.


Waiheke scallop, mussel, lobster, pāua fisheries to close
29 Nov 2021   /

Waiheke scallop, mussel, lobster, pāua fisheries to close

The Waiheke Island scallop, mussel, rock lobster and pāua fisheries will close for a period of two years from 1 December, says the Ministry For Primary Industries.


Sanford preps new strategy as earnings fall 39%
18 Nov 2021  

Sanford preps new strategy as earnings fall 39%

Mussels were the hardest hit of Sanford’s three divisions, with rebuilding profitability a priority for 2022.


Fishing company catches $25k fine, forfeits boat
15 Nov 2021  

Fishing company catches $25k fine, forfeits boat

A Southland fishing company has been fined $18,000 and their boat skipper $6,750 for set netting in marine protected areas, along with removing fins from sharks and discarding the bodies at sea.


Countdown project sees new fish name enter Māori dictionary
12 Nov 2021  

Countdown project sees new fish name enter Māori dictionary

Deep sea cod has been given a Māori name, Moramora, which has been added to official te reo, following an an initiative between Countdown, te reo Māori advocacy group Ōkupu, MORE »


Ngāi Tahu’s food numbers: Seafood strong, honey and beef improving
11 Nov 2021  

Ngāi Tahu’s food numbers: Seafood strong, honey and beef improving

The iwi’s seafood business sees operating profit leap 37%, offsetting a poor FY21 for honey and farming.


Sanford COO Clement Chia resigns
5 Nov 2021   /

Sanford COO Clement Chia resigns

Sanford’s chief operating officer, Clement Chia, has resigned after seven years with the business.


Board changes at NZ King Salmon to help develop China
4 Nov 2021   /

Board changes at NZ King Salmon to help develop China

New Zealand King Salmon has appointed Carol Chen to its board.


Former Bidfood GM drives NZ Coastal Seafoods 76% sales surge
2 Nov 2021   /

Former Bidfood GM drives NZ Coastal Seafoods 76% sales surge

New Zealand Coastal Seafoods says a surge in quarterly revenue can be attributed to the appointment of former Bidfood general manager Peter Fletcher to chief of sales.


Two new directors for Moana New Zealand
2 Nov 2021   /

Two new directors for Moana New Zealand

Māori Fisheries Trust Te Ohu Kaimoana and Moana New Zealand have appointed two new directors to the Moana New Zealand Board.


SeaDragon secures $1.5m facility from majority shareholder
2 Nov 2021   /

SeaDragon secures $1.5m facility from majority shareholder

Omega fish oils refiner SeaDragon says it has signed a new secured loan agreement of up to $1.5m with its majority shareholder, Pescado Holdings.


NZKS Blue Endeavour hearing kicks-off
18 Oct 2021  

NZKS Blue Endeavour hearing kicks-off

A hearing into NZ King Salmon’s plan to develop the country’s first open-water salmon farm kicks-off today – with rivals expected to watch closely.


Foodstuffs responds to Sealord category deletion claims
15 Oct 2021   /

Foodstuffs responds to Sealord category deletion claims

Foodstuffs North Island has rejected claims that the impact of its frozen fish product review would result in more space in its freezers for overseas products at the expense of New Zealand ones.


SeaDragon retreats from $1k minimum shareholding condition
14 Oct 2021  

SeaDragon retreats from $1k minimum shareholding condition

Omega fish oils refiner SeaDragon says it will no longer try to sell the stock of shareholders holding less than $1,000 worth of shares.


How much should the fishing industry pay for on-board cameras? Govt seeks feedback
12 Oct 2021  

How much should the fishing industry pay for on-board cameras? Govt seeks feedback

Views are being sought on the industry’s bill for the $68m scheme.


F&B exports to China: lobster leaps as meat, dairy enjoy strong H1
11 Oct 2021   /

F&B exports to China: lobster leaps as meat, dairy enjoy strong H1

Food exports were strong in H1 but it’s an uneven recovery from Covid for infant formula, cherries and some seafood.


Nestlé, Mondelēz pump out plant-based innovation
7 Oct 2021   /

Nestlé, Mondelēz pump out plant-based innovation

Shrimps, eggs, and Cadbury Dairy Milk are the latest products to get a plant-based overhaul by the FMCG behemoths.


AGMARDT, Moana industry scholarships open
7 Oct 2021  

AGMARDT, Moana industry scholarships open

Applications for the 2022 AGMARDT Leadership Scholarships are open.


Ngāi Tahu signs aquaculture agreement, eyes marine farming
6 Oct 2021  

Ngāi Tahu signs aquaculture agreement, eyes marine farming

Ngāi Tahu and the government have signed the Southland Regional Aquaculture Agreement.


Pāua fishery to reopen after earthquake closure
6 Oct 2021   /

Pāua fishery to reopen after earthquake closure

Kaikōura’s pāua fishery, which has been closed since the November 2016 earthquakes disrupted local seabeds, is to reopen.


Ngāi Tahu Holdings posts record profit after seafood returns “with a vengeance”
5 Oct 2021  

Ngāi Tahu Holdings posts record profit after seafood returns “with a vengeance”

Seafood has “sprung back with a vengeance” helping the iwi’s operating performance, says company chair Mark Tume.


Fishing scam leads to $1m in fines for seafood company owner
5 Oct 2021   /

Fishing scam leads to $1m in fines for seafood company owner

The commercial scam was responsible for almost $1m worth of black market pāua and crayfish from the Chatham Islands.


Legacy food firms up for sale
5 Oct 2021  

Legacy food firms up for sale

Two legacy food businesses have come to market in Auckland and Coromandel.


King Salmon posts $5.6m H1 loss, upbeat on H2 improvements
30 Sep 2021   /

King Salmon posts $5.6m H1 loss, upbeat on H2 improvements

With demand now exceeding supply and fish sizes recovering, the salmon company signals a second half revival.


NZ rock oyster industry revival being scoped
30 Sep 2021   /

NZ rock oyster industry revival being scoped

A project is under way to determine whether Aotearoa New Zealand’s long-defunct rock oyster industry can be revived.


$2.5m snapper revenue boost for Sanford
27 Sep 2021  

$2.5m snapper revenue boost for Sanford

Listed seafood company Sanford is in line for an additional $2.5m of revenue after the Ministry for Primary Industries increase the commercial catch limit for snapper in the SNA8 fishery off the North Island’s west coast.


New catch limits for 15 fish stocks
24 Sep 2021   /

New catch limits for 15 fish stocks

Hoki, blue cod, hapuku and bass are among the fish species to have their catch limits reduced in new rules announced today. The changes affect 15 fish stocks around the country MORE »


Sanford to pay $531k following death of fishing crewman
23 Sep 2021  

Sanford to pay $531k following death of fishing crewman

Th fishing company pleaded guilty to a charge of exposing workers to risk of death or serious injury.


Sanford taps ex-Cavalier CEO Paul Alston to be CFO
23 Sep 2021   /

Sanford taps ex-Cavalier CEO Paul Alston to be CFO

The former Turners & Growers executive will join the listed seafood exporter as CFO next month.


East Coromandel scallop fishery to close for two years
9 Sep 2021   /

East Coromandel scallop fishery to close for two years

The Ministry for Primary Industries will close the east Coromandel scallop fishery for two years following a request from the Ngāti Hei Trust, which has concerns around the sustainability of stocks.


Talley’s aiming for more than 80% staff vaccinated
6 Sep 2021   /

Talley’s aiming for more than 80% staff vaccinated

Talley’s chief executive Tony Hazlett says the company is aiming to have more than 80% of its staff vaccinated as soon as possible and it is liaising with local district health boards to organise vaccination drives on-site.


Ngāi Tahu’s Sanford stake tops 19% after $38m buy-up
3 Sep 2021   /

Ngāi Tahu’s Sanford stake tops 19% after $38m buy-up

Ngāi Tahu Investment now holds a 19.9% stake in seafood company Sanford, making it the largest single shareholder in what is New Zealand’s largest seafood company.


Sanford shares jump as Ngāi Tahu takes 12%
2 Sep 2021   /

Sanford shares jump as Ngāi Tahu takes 12%

Sanford’s share price jumped almost 25% yesterday as investors reacted to the news that Ngāi Tahu Investments was increasing its stake in New Zealand’s largest seafood company.


Ngāi Tahu fishes for “significant” Sanford stake
1 Sep 2021   /

Ngāi Tahu fishes for “significant” Sanford stake

The iwi investor is trying to buy a chunk of the seafood company, although it says it has “no current intention” to launch a takeover.


Bonamia testing process for oysters strengthened
1 Sep 2021   /

Bonamia testing process for oysters strengthened

Biosecurity New Zealand says it is strengthening its testing processes for the oyster parasite Bonamia ostreae after a review found that human error contributed to incorrectly interpreted results being reported for Foveaux Strait in March.


Kaimoana top 2020 export at $311m for Māori authorities
27 Aug 2021   /

Kaimoana top 2020 export at $311m for Māori authorities

Kaimoana (seafood), including fish, crayfish, and mussels was the Māori authorities’ top commodities export in 2020 at $311m. 


July seafood exports jump 29%
26 Aug 2021  

July seafood exports jump 29%

Exports of fish, crustaceans, and molluscs were up $35m or 29% in July to reach $155m, according to Stats NZ.


D’Esposito departs Takitimu Seafoods
16 Aug 2021  

D’Esposito departs Takitimu Seafoods

Takitimu Seafoods general manager Marcus D’Esposito has resigned from the company.


Greenpeace targets Talley’s ship in bottom trawling protest
13 Aug 2021   /

Greenpeace targets Talley’s ship in bottom trawling protest

A Talley’s ship, the Amaltal Explorer, was confronted by Greenpeace activists protesting against bottom trawling as it headed out of port in Dunedin yesterday.


Paroa Bay oyster recall extended
13 Aug 2021  

Paroa Bay oyster recall extended

The recall of Paroa Bay brand raw oysters has been extended to include distribution to Countdown supermarkets throughout the North Island and Ocean Seafoods in Opotiki.


Pacific Harvest reaps Aus demand for Kiwi seaweed
11 Aug 2021   /

Pacific Harvest reaps Aus demand for Kiwi seaweed

A burgeoning seaweed business is focused on drumming up demand for its food products before tackling the challenging issue of commercial supply in New Zealand.


Paroa Bay Oysters alert
11 Aug 2021   /

Paroa Bay Oysters alert

Paroa Bay Oysters is recalling specific batches of Paroa Bay brand Raw Fresh and other oysters due to them being suspected in causing cases of foodborne illness.


New regs on stream for whitebait season
9 Aug 2021  

New regs on stream for whitebait season

The 2021 whitebaiting season is about to kick off with new regulations rolling out over three whitebaiting seasons following two years of public engagement.


Industry, environmental groups at loggerheads over bottom trawling
5 Aug 2021  

Industry, environmental groups at loggerheads over bottom trawling

The seafood industry has criticised environmental groups for calling on bottom trawling to be banned.


MPI raids after $300k of crayfish hits black market
4 Aug 2021  

MPI raids after $300k of crayfish hits black market

About 80 Ministry for Primary Industries fishery officers executed search warrants at eight properties in the Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay to crack a black market crayfish ring.


F&B founders shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year
2 Aug 2021  

F&B founders shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year

NZ Natural Pet Food Company founders Amber Cordero and Jacqueline Taylor are among four finalists from the food sector.


NZ King Salmon more upbeat
2 Aug 2021  

NZ King Salmon more upbeat

New Zealand King Salmon has advised its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) is expected to be between $8 – $10m with a stronger second half forecast.


Aquaculture potential highlighted in iwi MOU
28 Jul 2021  

Aquaculture potential highlighted in iwi MOU

A new Memorandum of Understanding has been described as a crucial first step towards realising the potential of aquaculture for Ngā Iwi i te Rohe o Te Waiariki.


Shellfish biotoxin alert for Hawke’s Bay removed
22 Jul 2021   /

Shellfish biotoxin alert for Hawke’s Bay removed

The Ministry for Primary Industries has removed the public health warning against collecting shellfish from the Hawke Bay.


Feedback sought on catch limits for east coast tarakihi
20 Jul 2021  

Feedback sought on catch limits for east coast tarakihi

Fisheries New Zealand is inviting feedback on proposed changes to catch limits and settings for tarakihi stocks on New Zealand’s east coast.


Inquiry welcome, industry transition “challenging” – Seafood NZ
5 Jul 2021   /

Inquiry welcome, industry transition “challenging” – Seafood NZ

Seafood NZ has welcomed the government’s inquiry into foreign workers but warns getting more Kiwis involved in the sector will be a challenge.


Aquaculture, shipping on agenda at marine conference
5 Jul 2021   /

Aquaculture, shipping on agenda at marine conference

How seaweed can help the agriculture industry, green shipping and electric ferries, sea level rise, aquaculture and marine biodiversity protection are on the agenda at the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference.


Govt launches inquiry into migrant labour in seafood sector
2 Jul 2021   /

Govt launches inquiry into migrant labour in seafood sector

Former Sanford COO Greg Johansson will help conduct the inquiry.


‘Solid’ year for Mrs Higgins, growth expected from lobster, kiwifruit ventures – Rangatira
28 Jun 2021  

‘Solid’ year for Mrs Higgins, growth expected from lobster, kiwifruit ventures – Rangatira

The investor also says that its kiwifruit venture will soon start bearing fruit.


Perspectives: Hauraki Gulf changes raise challenges and opportunities
25 Jun 2021  

Perspectives: Hauraki Gulf changes raise challenges and opportunities

Not everyone is happy with the government’s Hauraki Gulf plan released this week and there is more work to do to ensure any changes are fair for everyone, writes Seafood New Zealand chief executive Dr Jeremy Helson.


Feedback sought on fisheries catch limits
24 Jun 2021  

Feedback sought on fisheries catch limits

Fisheries New Zealand is calling for feedback on proposed changes to catch limits and other settings across a range of fisheries for the new fishing year, beginning 1 October.


Final call for Seafood Stars awards nominations
23 Jun 2021  

Final call for Seafood Stars awards nominations

Nominations for the annual Seafood Stars awards comprising the young achiever, future development innovation and longstanding service awards close at the end of the month.


Trawl fishing limited, scallop dredging frozen in new Hauraki Gulf proposals
22 Jun 2021  

Trawl fishing limited, scallop dredging frozen in new Hauraki Gulf proposals

Fisheries management is one of eight areas of focus in the new strategy released on Tuesday morning.


Serial offender to face charges over pāua poaching
22 Jun 2021   /

Serial offender to face charges over pāua poaching

A serial offender will face serious charges under the Fisheries Act after thousands of empty pāua shells were discovered at his home during a search warrant executed by MPI fishery officers.


SeaDragon secures $500k loan note
21 Jun 2021  

SeaDragon secures $500k loan note

SeaDragon has restructured its borrowings from majority shareholder Pescado securing $500k via a mandatory convertible loan note.


Govt invests $68m for fishing cameras, requires all catch brought to shore
18 Jun 2021  

Govt invests $68m for fishing cameras, requires all catch brought to shore

The government has committed $68m to fit up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels with on-board cameras by 2024 and will also require all catch to return to shore.


Hawke’s Bay shellfish warning
18 Jun 2021   /

Hawke’s Bay shellfish warning

The Ministry for Primary Industries has warned the public against collecting shellfish in Hawke’s Bay due to high toxin levels detected in shellfish samples from Pania Reef.


Moana NZ upbeat despite ‘significant headwinds’ for Sealord
17 Jun 2021  

Moana NZ upbeat despite ‘significant headwinds’ for Sealord

The fisheries company expects to come in ahead of $26m full year profit guidance despite disruption at Sealord.


Govt’s 2019 tarakihi decision wrong – High Court
17 Jun 2021   /

Govt’s 2019 tarakihi decision wrong – High Court

Forest & Bird has won a High Court legal decision confirming tarakihi catch limit decisions must put sustainability before the commercial interests of the fishing industry.


Sanford CFO resigns
11 Jun 2021  

Sanford CFO resigns

Katherine Turner is to leave the seafood company in September after three years in the role.


MPI to present oyster parasite test results
9 Jun 2021   /

MPI to present oyster parasite test results

The Ministry for Primary Industries will present the results of its oyster testing for the Bonamia ostreae parasite in the Foveaux Strait.


Covid exposes NZ fisheries’ dependence on foreign labour – govt
4 Jun 2021  

Covid exposes NZ fisheries’ dependence on foreign labour – govt

Covid-19 has highlighted the dependence of parts of the fishing sector on foreign workers, says the government.


NZ King Salmon warns of “problematic” H1
3 Jun 2021  

NZ King Salmon warns of “problematic” H1

New Zealand King Salmon has updated the market with what it describes as “problematic” trading in the first half of the year and issues plaguing some of its salmon stock. MORE »


New whitebaiting rules to help stocks – govt
3 Jun 2021  

New whitebaiting rules to help stocks – govt

New whitebaiting rules will help preserve stocks of the delicacy, says acting conservation minister Ayesha Verrall.


Sanford subdued as Covid continues to bite
21 May 2021  

Sanford subdued as Covid continues to bite

Seafood company reports 15% drop in net profit at the half year as it continues to battle with Covid-19 disruption to freight and foodservice.


Budget 2021: Food industry wishlist
20 May 2021  

Budget 2021: Food industry wishlist

Industry players want today’s Budget to support them through the transition to a post-Covid environment.


Views sought on reopening region to pāua fishing
20 May 2021  

Views sought on reopening region to pāua fishing

The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on a proposal to reopen the Kaikōura Marine Area to pāua fishing later this year.


Shiok Meats eyes Kiwi and Aussie BBQ’s for its cell-grown shrimp
19 May 2021  

Shiok Meats eyes Kiwi and Aussie BBQ’s for its cell-grown shrimp

The Singapore-based cultured food startup has reached out to NZ food regulators ahead of its planned product launch.


Bluffies firmly on the menu for sold-out annual oyster festival
19 May 2021  

Bluffies firmly on the menu for sold-out annual oyster festival

As seafood lovers head to sold-out Bluff Oyster and Food Festival, MPI widens testing for parasite found in the region.


E Tipu 2021: Aquaculture at tipping point
13 May 2021   /

E Tipu 2021: Aquaculture at tipping point

Global demand for protein is set to drive a rapid transformation of the US$260bn aquaculture industry, says investor Aqua-Spark.


Sanford appoints Tauranga port CEO to board
13 May 2021   /

Sanford appoints Tauranga port CEO to board

New Zealand seafood company Sanford has appointed Mark Cairns as its newest board member.


Large birds, large features lead to higher risk of fishing vessel bycatch
12 May 2021  

Large birds, large features lead to higher risk of fishing vessel bycatch

Seabirds with a larger wingspan and bills or which have larger eyes and nostrils are more likely to end up as bycatch from the fishing industry, a new study has found.


NZ fisheries group hits back at “Netflix misinformation”
6 May 2021  

NZ fisheries group hits back at “Netflix misinformation”

The report pushing the sustainability of the nation’s deepwater fishing industry follows a Netflix documentary on the impact of commercial fishing.


Nelson prepares ‘Blessing of the Fishing Fleet’
6 May 2021  

Nelson prepares ‘Blessing of the Fishing Fleet’

Now in its 20th year, the event will take place on Saturday 15 May at noon.


Crayfish numbers plummet, protection uncertain
5 May 2021   /

Crayfish numbers plummet, protection uncertain

Crayfish numbers have plummeted within reserves and numbers outside reserves are likely much lower than official estimates, a new University of Auckland study shows.


Year-round shellfish ban begins at Auckland
4 May 2021  

Year-round shellfish ban begins at Auckland

The gathering shellfish is no longer permitted at east Auckland’s Cockle Bay/Tuwakamana beach.


Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign
30 Apr 2021  

Fisheries giants back NRDA ‘Catch a Job’ campaign

Sealord, Sanford, and Talleys have backed the regional recruitment drive urging individuals to ‘seas the opportunity’.


Southland scoped for salmon farming
30 Apr 2021  

Southland scoped for salmon farming

The Cawthron Institute to work with Fisheries NZ and DOC on assessment.


No scallops for popular scallop festival
21 Apr 2021   /

No scallops for popular scallop festival

There will be no scallops at this year’s Whitianga Scallop Festival due to a rahui on the collection of the shellfish.


People warned off raw mussels – again
8 Apr 2021  

People warned off raw mussels – again

New Zealand Food Safety is again warning consumers to thoroughly cook mussels before eating after two people fall sick.


Repeat pāua poachers banned from fishing for three years
7 Apr 2021  

Repeat pāua poachers banned from fishing for three years

A Lower Hutt man and a Napier man have each received three-year fishing bans.


$4m Pescado loan converts into SeaDragon shares
6 Apr 2021  

$4m Pescado loan converts into SeaDragon shares

Omega fish oils refiner SeaDragon has issued Pescado Holdings limited with 20 million shares for $4m of loan notes from the shareholder.


NZ King Salmon weighed down by Covid
1 Apr 2021  

NZ King Salmon weighed down by Covid

The salmon farmer posts a seven month net loss of $7m, as it changes its reporting date.


Rāhui to protect Bluff oysters from Foveaux Strait parasite
31 Mar 2021  

Rāhui to protect Bluff oysters from Foveaux Strait parasite

The no take zone does not affect the availability of Bluff oysters.


Auckland fishers fined $4000 for taking cockles from closed beach
31 Mar 2021  

Auckland fishers fined $4000 for taking cockles from closed beach

Three Auckland fishers have been fined $4000 plus $390 in court costs for taking cockles from closed Eastern Beach.


Fisheries NZ sets new catch limits, restricts shellfish harvesting
29 Mar 2021   /

Fisheries NZ sets new catch limits, restricts shellfish harvesting

New catch limits have been introduced for 14 fish stocks.


Fisherman fined $13k for not protecting seabirds
29 Mar 2021   /

Fisherman fined $13k for not protecting seabirds

A former master of a Hawke’s Bay fishing vessel has been fined for not deploying seabird protection equipment.


Industry on alert as oyster parasite discovered in Foveaux Strait
26 Mar 2021   /

Industry on alert as oyster parasite discovered in Foveaux Strait

MPI will begin testing oysters from the Foveaux Strait after the parasite Bonamia ostreae is found in the area.


Fisheries management report gets lukewarm industry welcome
25 Mar 2021  

Fisheries management report gets lukewarm industry welcome

The seafood industry promises constructive engagement on some of the report’s “challenging” recommendations.


Industry breaks promises in tarakihi deal – Forest and Bird
25 Mar 2021  

Industry breaks promises in tarakihi deal – Forest and Bird

Forest and Bird has accused the inshore tarakihi fishing industry of failing to adhere to voluntary measures it promised in a 2019 tarakihi catch limit deal.


NZ salmon welfare in spotlight following Scottish investigation
25 Mar 2021  

NZ salmon welfare in spotlight following Scottish investigation

Questions are being raised about how salmon are farmed in New Zealand following an investigation of the Scottish salmon industry that revealed suffering, breaches of Scottish animal welfare law and high mortality rates.


Iwi requests closure of Coromandel coast to scallop harvesting
24 Mar 2021  

Iwi requests closure of Coromandel coast to scallop harvesting

Ngāti Hei Trust has asked the government to close parts of the eastern Coromandel coast for two years.


Seafood, dairy products see goods export up $233m in Dec quarter
19 Mar 2021   /

Seafood, dairy products see goods export up $233m in Dec quarter

Goods exports were up $233m in the December quarter, driven by an increase in fish, crustaceans, and molluscs, as well as milk powder, butter and cheese, according to Stats NZ.


Sanford warns continuing Covid storm will hit interims
18 Mar 2021  

Sanford warns continuing Covid storm will hit interims

Lower prices and higher costs will hurt performance, says the seafood company.


Whangaroa scallop fishery could close for two years
18 Mar 2021  

Whangaroa scallop fishery could close for two years

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback on a proposed two-year closure of the scallop fishery at Whangaroa, Northland.


Commercial whitebait venture secures $2m govt investment
16 Mar 2021  

Commercial whitebait venture secures $2m govt investment

Whitebait farming could soon become a reality with a $7m project garnering government support.


Consumers told to not eat raw mussels after two get sick
15 Mar 2021  

Consumers told to not eat raw mussels after two get sick

Consumers are being told to not eat raw mussels after two people suffered food poisoning.


We shouldn’t be fined for skipper’s error – Amaltal
12 Mar 2021   /

We shouldn’t be fined for skipper’s error – Amaltal

Talley’s deep-water fishing division says it should not be fined for an error made by one of its staff.


Talley’s Amaltal fined $27k for marine reserve fishing
11 Mar 2021   /

Talley’s Amaltal fined $27k for marine reserve fishing

Talley’s deep-water fishing division has been fined for illegal bottom trawling in a marine reserve.


Southern Clams debuts website to showcase sustainability
11 Mar 2021   /

Southern Clams debuts website to showcase sustainability

Shellfish supplier Southern Clams has launched a new website to provide information on the seafood products it harvests.


Proposal to close pāua fishing at Akaroa
9 Mar 2021   /

Proposal to close pāua fishing at Akaroa

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking public feedback on a proposal to close an area to pāua fishing at Akaroa.


Trial underway to reduce runaway mussel floats
2 Mar 2021   /

Trial underway to reduce runaway mussel floats

Tasman-based SS Floats has begun a one-year research trial aimed at reducing the number of mussel floats that get lost at sea each year. The aquaculture float specialist had partnered MORE »


Covid contingencies push NZ King Salmon into the red
25 Feb 2021  

Covid contingencies push NZ King Salmon into the red

Increased airfreight costs, discounting and lockdowns all ate into the salmon farmer’s profit.


Sanford ordered to forfeit $20m vessel after illegal trawling
24 Feb 2021   /

Sanford ordered to forfeit $20m vessel after illegal trawling

The fishing company, the master of its San Waitaki ship, and its first mate have been fined a total of $53k.


Trout farming potentially “disastrous” – NZFFA
22 Feb 2021   /

Trout farming potentially “disastrous” – NZFFA

The comments follow a report that the Government was not opposed to commercial trout farming.


Wednesday Letter: The looming crisis of international airfreight
17 Feb 2021  

Wednesday Letter: The looming crisis of international airfreight

The clock is ticking on a lifeline for the seafood industry in a Covid-19 world, writes Seafood NZ CEO Dr Jeremy Helson.


Sanford rethinks $20m Blenheim investment in cost-cutting drive
17 Dec 2020  

Sanford rethinks $20m Blenheim investment in cost-cutting drive

The seafood firm is on a mission to rebuild profitability.


Seafood NZ calls time on  “challenging” 2020
15 Dec 2020  

Seafood NZ calls time on “challenging” 2020

Essential workers, online adaption, home deliveries – 2020 was a year like no other, says Seafood NZ CEO Dr Jeremy Helson.


“No tolerance” for marine reserve fishing breach
10 Dec 2020  

“No tolerance” for marine reserve fishing breach

A Nelson man has been fined $13,500 for commercial fishing in Kahurangi Marine Reserve on the West Coast of the South Island.


Consultation opens for April 2021 fishery changes
10 Dec 2020  

Consultation opens for April 2021 fishery changes

Fisheries New Zealand has opened consultation for its latest sustainability round.


Seafood NZ casts net for Kiwi workers
8 Dec 2020  

Seafood NZ casts net for Kiwi workers

The association has started the roll out of a series of online, digital and regionally focused advertisements.


Seafood NZ likes new school of thought for pregnancy diets
4 Dec 2020  

Seafood NZ likes new school of thought for pregnancy diets

It follows new food safety guidance issued by the government.


Sanford puts Tauranga facility on market
18 Nov 2020  

Sanford puts Tauranga facility on market

The land and buildings are fully leased to Cold Storage Nelson.


Pandemic exposes Sanford’s weaknesses as profit plummets
13 Nov 2020  

Pandemic exposes Sanford’s weaknesses as profit plummets

The NZX-listed seafood company has detailed its disappointing annual results.


Talley’s Amaltal mulls appeal against guilty verdict
12 Nov 2020  

Talley’s Amaltal mulls appeal against guilty verdict

Talley’s deep-water fishing division is considering an appeal against its conviction for illegal bottom trawling in a marine reserve.


Mussel firm fined $150k after worker injured
12 Nov 2020  

Mussel firm fined $150k after worker injured

North Island Mussels Limited has been fined $150,000 and ordered to pay $31,000 in reparation following a 2019 incident which saw an employee’s hand crushed.


PGF invests $400k to re-open oyster farm
9 Nov 2020   /

PGF invests $400k to re-open oyster farm

The money will help clean up the oyster beds and rebuild the farm.


Sanford warns profit could halve as Covid bites
6 Nov 2020  

Sanford warns profit could halve as Covid bites

The fishing company says it has suffered falling prices, slow sales and poor catches.


NZ King Salmon making Covid comeback
4 Nov 2020  

NZ King Salmon making Covid comeback

During the pandemic the company saw a “rapid decline” in sales.


Calls for Govt to address fisheries issues
4 Nov 2020  

Calls for Govt to address fisheries issues

A new policy looks at the issues, including dumping and environmental damage caused by bottom trawling.


Fisheries Ministry name change ‘fantastic’ for sea – Greenpeace
3 Nov 2020   /

Fisheries Ministry name change ‘fantastic’ for sea – Greenpeace

It was announced yesterday by Jacinda Ardern that the title would be changed.


Fishing crew tests positive for Covid-19 in NZ
22 Oct 2020   /

Fishing crew tests positive for Covid-19 in NZ

Eighteen fishermen have been confirmed to have Covid-19 at a managed isolation facility in Christchurch


Greenshell Mussels study secures $350k funding
22 Oct 2020  

Greenshell Mussels study secures $350k funding

A research collaboration between Sanford and Massey University has secured funding to evaluate the benefits of Greenshell Mussels in people living with osteoarthritis.  This project is being funded by the MORE »


Is seaweed the next superfood?
22 Oct 2020  

Is seaweed the next superfood?

The New Zealand Government is investing $3.3m in a research project to evaluate the health benefits of consuming seaweed. AgResearch scientists will team up with researchers in Singapore to look MORE »


SeaDragon issues $2.5m in shares to Pescado
16 Oct 2020  

SeaDragon issues $2.5m in shares to Pescado

Over 83 million shares were distributed at $0.03c per share, according to an announcement from the Omega fish oil producer.


Election 2020: Labour’s plans for food and beverage
14 Oct 2020  

Election 2020: Labour’s plans for food and beverage

The party pledges support for the food sector including help to modernise the fishing industry.


Winners unveiled for Seafood Stars Awards
2 Oct 2020  

Winners unveiled for Seafood Stars Awards

This year’s Seafood Stars Awards winners have been announced, with a new category added to recognise the industry’s response to the pandemic.


Trout and salmon 2020 season opens
1 Oct 2020  

Trout and salmon 2020 season opens

New Zealand’s 2020 trout and salmon season has officially opened.  The season kicked off on 1 October and Fish and Game says tens of thousands of anglers headed out on MORE »


Ocean Fisheries ordered to pay $783k over Jubilee deaths
17 Sep 2020  

Ocean Fisheries ordered to pay $783k over Jubilee deaths

Ocean Fisheries Limited has been fined $46,000 and ordered to pay $737,325.25 in reparations to the families of three deceased fishermen.


Sanford CEO resigns
10 Sep 2020  

Sanford CEO resigns

Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch has resigned.