Seafood New Zealand Friday Update 07 July 2017

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July 7, 2017

World leading fisheries management showcased in mini-documentary

The Quota Management System is made simple in one of a series of mini-documentaries highlighting the success of the New Zealand seafood industry.
Hoki, the mainstay of the deepwater fishery, is sustainably fished to the extent that for every 100 fish, only 10 are taken.
In the case of slower growing and longer lived orange roughy, only four of every 100 are caught.
These facts are featured as part of a promise to the people of New Zealand from the men and women in the seafood industry to protect the resource for generations to come.
The programme kicked off last Sunday with television and online advertisements showing the faces of skippers and crew and process workers.
It highlights the innovation being shown such as Precision Seafood Harvesting that lands live fish on deck and allows non-target and undersized species to be returned to the sea, and deepwater acoustics and video that greatly enhance stock assessments and targeted fishing.
Chef Darren Lovell tells how he refused to serve orange roughy at his Queenstown Fishbone restaurant.
“Back in the day orange roughy was kind of like a gold rush, we almost wiped it out,” he said.
“As soon as this was recognised everyone went 'whoa, we need to do something'.”
Sealord technical manager Charles Heaphy said we were working on assumptions back then that the fish would grow back, there's a huge population and they'll grow back quite fast.
“What we found later on was that they didn't grow or reproduce as fast as we thought and that fishery got pretty close to collapse.
“The aim of the quota management system is to ensure that the amount of fish taken out is a sustainable amount of fish. So we measure the fish, we know how many fish are there. We know how fast they grow and how fast they reproduce. We can put those two things together and we work out exactly how many we can take to keep the fishery sustainable.
“A couple of the big players in the deepwater fishery quota management system are hoki and orange roughy. We catch 10 percent of hoki every year. They're a fast growing fish so in four or five years a new generation's come through, as opposed to orange roughy which is a slower growing species and we're fishing four percent of those on an annual basis. If we keep to that, just four percent of the fish that are there, we know that that population is slowly increasing.”
A hundred species of New Zealand fish are managed under the QMS and the sustainability of a number of those has been independently certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.
On the video titled World Leading, MSC Oceania programme director Anne Gabriel says the international not-for-profit organisation has a blue tick to ensure that the seafood you're consuming has gone through a process of rigorous third party auditing and has come from a sustainable source.
“The orange roughy is a story of redemption, for the New Zealand industry has had the foresight to start the whole process of research two decades ago, leading into eventually the MSC certification that was successful at the end of last year.”
The international recognition of our fisheries management as one of the most sustainable in the world changed Darren Lovell's approach.
“I discovered just how well we manage our fish and how the world reveres our fisheries management system. Orange roughy is an amazing story. We started serving it again in the restaurant. I love looking at our customers and they come from all around the world and their faces light up when they tuck into our fish. We have the best seafood in the world and we should all be proud of it.”
Our Promise and the related videos have drawn hundreds of comments on Facebook and other social media.
As of this morning, the Promise had 45,221 views on YouTube and 180,000 on Facebook.
"Good work sea protectors of New Zealand. Kia kaha. God bless," Michael Whakamaru King said.
Gordon Lewis wrote: "All fishermen and women have the same views, fantastic little clip."
“Awesome videos brothers, I just really hope you keep your promise. It would make NZ the best place on earth,” said Thomas Whiteman.
Simon Robert Ward-Kelly said: “If this really is a true reflection of how you guys are fishing, then big ups to you all. Just keep an eye on the Asian vessels and ensure or demand they’re doing the same.”
Spouter man was less eloquent and less well disposed. “Haha you guys don’t give a f*** about NZ. Just rape.” He added: “Nice video though.”
"Too many people that just want to follow the rumors and refuse to see the change being made," Bradley Farquhar said. "Some commercial fishermen that I know are some of the ones that care the most about the sea. But hey, you'll always have some that hate."
Yes, there will always be those. It's easy to knock - much harder to be constructive.
But most Kiwis are fair-minded and will give credit to a seafood sector willing to step up.
It is up to all of us in the industry to live up to the promise we have made.
Click here to watch Our Promise and the World Leading video.

Roughy on the Rise

You can now purchase a copy of Roughy on the Rise, the story of New Zealand's most controversial fishery. The story of orange roughy is one of cowboys, characters and conservation. Roughy on the Rise charts the discovery of this mysterious deepwater fish, its exploitation, its depiction by environmental NGOs as the epitome of unsustainable fishing, the slow unlocking of its secrets, its key role in bankrolling the development of the New Zealand seafood industry - and latterly its recovery.
Click here to purchase a copy

2017 Seafood Industry Conference - Registrations now open

Register now for the 2017 Seafood Industry conference. We have a full programme including local and international speakers.
One of the sessions will look at collaborative conservation and the state of our fisheries. We will also feature world leading innovation, including a remarkable use for hoki skins. 
The keynote speakers are Sir Ray Avery and Denmark's Alex Olsen.
The conference is preceded by a Technical Day on 2 August at Te Papa.
The programme for this is shaping up well with a wide range of speakers.
You can view details for the Technical Day here.
To register for conference and the technical day, click here.

In the Media

Marlborough recreational fishing park a non-starter

Stuff (4 July) A proposed recreational fishing park in Marlborough is unlikely to be implemented before the previously agreed upon date.
Environment Minister Nick Smith announced the Government's plan last January, but the park has been met with strong opposition by commercial and iwi fishers.
The Marine Protected Areas Act was to be introduced to the house at the end of 2016, however with the election quickly approaching and the legislation still not introduced, Smith has said it is unlikely to be seen before September. 
"The Government remains committed to a recreational fishing park in the Marlborough Sounds. Our plan remains for legislation but we are entering the process for further consultation to ensure we get the detail right," Smith said.
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Timaru's fishing workforce booming

Stuff (4 July) The fishing industry is thriving in Timaru, with Sanford hiring 100 people in the last year. 
Sanford corporate communications officer Fiona MacMillan said the boom lifted the number of Sanford employees to 436 in Timaru.
The expansion is being attributed to Sanford's 67 metre factory trawler San Granit, which was added to the fleet in November last year.
Sanford Deepwater Fleet Manager Darryn​ Shaw said the South Island town's infrastructure made it a great place for fishing operations.
"The rail and road connections are good and it is not a congested city like so many others are in New Zealand these days," Shaw said.
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Deepwater Group welcomes NZ Sea Lion Threat Management Plan

The Deepwater Group, which represents New Zealand’s deepwater fishing sector, welcomes the New Zealand Sea Lion Threat Management Plan released by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
This new plan is based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the threats to New Zealand sea lions, which concludes that no single factor is solely responsible for their decline. The plan adopts a broad approach to mitigate the key threats and to promote the recovery of these sea lion populations.
The seafood industry has worked assiduously with MPI, DOC, scientists and others, to understand the issues and risks to New Zealand sea lion populations and to identify and implement effective solutions to ensure they thrive.
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Te Ohu Kaimoana calls for legislative change

NZ Herald (5 July) Te Ohu Kaimoana is calling for policymakers to make legislative change to allow an overhaul of the Maori fisheries governing body.
Te Ohu Kaimoana's 58 iwi members voted in 2015 to keep the commission as an advocacy group, but take more direct control of the group’s $500 million in aquaculture assets.
Appearing before the Maori affairs select committee TOKM Chairman Jamie Tuuta said they would like the matter resolved quickly post-election.
"Our preference and our desire and what we'd like to encourage all of you depending on the outcome following the 23rd of September is that there is some urgency around progressing this particular matter," he said.
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2017 Seafood Star Awards

Nominations for the Seafood Star Awards are about to close. The categories for this year's awards are:
- Young Achiever Award
- Longstanding Service Award
- Future Development Innovation Award The Seafood Stars Awards will run across all facets of the industry and will be presented to those who have made a significant contribution to the seafood industry.
Click here to download the form and nominate someone.

2017 Seabird Smart Awards

Here’s your chance to spread the word about your fleet’s achievements. Nominations are now open for the 2017 Seabird Smart Awards, so if you know someone who is making an extra effort to look after seabirds go online and nominate them.
The awards are run by the Southern Seabird Solutions Trust and aim to recognise outstanding leadership and commitment to looking after New Zealand seabirds.
You could nominate a skipper or crew, a manager, or even a vessel. Basically it can be anyone associated with fishing in any kind of role.
The 2017 awards function is timed to coincide with an international meeting of seabird experts from thirteen countries being held in Wellington in September.
Click here to learn more or nominate someone

Ocean Bounty

This week Ocean Bounty chases squid on the Amaltal Explorer. The primary squid fishery is in the tempestuous latitudes known as the furious 50s. As a fisherman you earn your pay.
Ocean Bounty also looks at albatross and New Zealand sea lion populations.
Tune in to Three at 5pm on Sunday to check it out, and if you missed last week’s episode on precision seafood harvesting, click here to watch it OnDemand