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Thursday 17 June 2021

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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.