Seafood New Zealand Friday Update 18 September 2015



Friday Update is Seafood New Zealand's weekly email from our Chief Executive.

Friday, September 18, 2015



Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries and George Clement, Seafood New Zealand Chair at the Aquaculture New Zealand conference yesterday.


PM lauds aquaculture

Aquaculture is a great industry that does amazing things for New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key says.
"You are producing the finest seafood in the world," he told this week's Aquaculture New Zealand conference in Nelson. "You just need a level playing field."
He saw the "hideously complex" Resource Management Act as an impediment to aquaculture expansion and while the minority Government did not have the numbers to amend the contentious sections 6 & 7, it was working to streamline council planning.
"We've got to do better. Your per hectare return on space is phenomenal. We've got enormous coastline in New Zealand. You can't tell me you can't access more of that."
He said the reworked legislation would be introduced to Parliament but did not give any indication on timing.
The Government needed to give aquaculture the capability to reach an export target of $1 billion annually in 10 years, double the current level, he said.
It could do that through making it easier to increase product through RMA reform, in employing and training people, in biosecurity, through encouraging innovation and development and in improved market access through FTAs.
Mr Key began with a comment on the volatile politics across the Tasman.
Imagine if you were in Australia, he said. You would know the PM was coming but you would not know who it was going to be. He was now on his fifth Australian PM.
And as for being the Lucky Country, what is lucky about a country where if a shark does not get you a snake will?
Having chipped the Aussies and praised aquaculture, he devoted much of his speech to a defence of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, currently being negotiated with 11 other countries, led by the U.S. and Japan - and the flag debate. He called for a show of hands and the conference appeared to narrowly favour keeping the current flag.
He argued that no one knows our current flag, it was consistently confused with the Australian one and no one used it.
As for the argument people had fought and died under the flag, Kiwi war graves overseas bore the silver fern on the headstones.
"If we do change, people will wear it, fly it, embrace it and you will put it on your products."
The conference also saw the launch of a new mark of sustainable aquaculture, termed A+.
Mt Cook Alpine Salmon chief operating officer Janine Tulloch, whose company farms in the hydro canals in the Mackenzie basin, told delegates A+ was a world class environmental management framework.
“People are looking for added levels of transparency.”
As Coromandel mussel farmer Jake Bartrom says: "We've been telling the world for years about our environmental practices but it's no longer enough to just say it, you have to be able to back it up. And A+ is about proving to the world that we are doing a good job."
The industry has been quick to respond, with 390 mussel, 58 oyster and 15 salmon farms already signed up.
Their performance will be monitored against a wide range of criteria that includes ecology, water quality, waste, resources, food safety, iwi participation and community interaction. The results are  recorded in an online data base - ecoPortal - and collated and published on the A+ website. This will give a publicly available live window on the collective industry's performance.
Development of the new standard was supported by funding of $256,000 from the Ministry for Primary Industries' Sustainable Farming Fund.
"This will help our products like salmon, mussels and oysters to stand out in global markets by showing the highest standards of environmental sustainability," MPI Minister Nathan Guy said.
"As a nation we are never going to be the biggest producer of seafood in the world but we can be the best."


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A+ programme for aquaculture.



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Events Calendar


World Maritime Day
Thursday, September 24

It's World Maritime Day on September 24 with a focus on maritime education and training. Maritime New Zealand's #NZcareersatsea promotion on social media is aimed at mobilising mariners to show off their careers and encourage young people to see that maritime careers are exciting and well paid.
Visit MaritimeNZ on Facebook and Twitter to see what they have been up to this month!
Click here for more information



Marlborough Marine Futures Forum
Sunday, September 27

Port Otago, 9.30am-12.30pm 
The focus of the next Marlborough Marine Futures Forum is the health and restoration of the benthic marine environment. An overview of a strategy for the Marlborough marine environment will be discussed. For more information, email

In the Media



New A+ programme brings credibility to marine farmers

Stuff (September 17) reported on the new A+ programme released at the Aquaculture New Zealand conference in Nelson. The report said A+ had been designed to bring transparency and integrity to the aquaculture industry in New Zealand. The programme acts as a tool for marine farmers to measure their farm's performances and log it into an online portal. The report said information is then collated to give a clearer picture to both domestic and international markets of the sustainable practices used to produce seafood in New Zealand.
Click here for the full report.



Photo courtesy: Mt Cook Alpine Salmon.



Fisheries sustainability measures
for new fishing year released

Ministry for Primary Industries (September 17) released several decisions made on sustainability measures for selected fishstocks for the fishing year beginning October 1. Among the key decisions were reduction of the total allowable catches (TACs) for New Zealand hoki (HOK1) and Chatham rise oreo (OEO4). Areas that saw an increase in TACs were East coast South Island red gurnard (GUR 3), West Coast South Island red gurnard (GUR 7), East coast North Island rig (SPO 2), West Coast South Island rig (SPO 7) and West Coast South Island stargazer (STA 7).
Click here for the full report.



Sir Peter Talley becomes a Knight at Government House

Stuff (September 11) reported on business magnate Sir Peter Talley receiving his knighthood in a ceremony at Government House. The report said Sir Peter was made a knight companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy at the ceremony. The Motueka-based businessman is joint managing director of Talley's Group Limited, one of New Zealand's largest producers of primary food goods, the report added.
Click here for the full report.




Seafood festival casts a wide net

Otago Daily Times (September 18) reported on the Port Chalmers Seafood Festival to be held tomorrow. The report quoted organisers as saying the festival will be bigger and more varied this year. The report also said the seafood fiesta, which is held every second year since 2011, would be based in the port itself, taking space on the wharf and inside a port shed. About 50 volunteers are expected to help manage the festival this year.
Click here for the full report.





US photographer praises NZ's marine conservation approach

Radio NZ (September 15) featured an interview with underwater photojournalist Brian Skerry on the Nine to Noon programme. Skerry, a US based National Geographic photographer has spent the last 30 years documenting the beauty of the ocean and its marine life. Speaking from his latest shoot location in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, he told Nine to Noon's Kathryn Ryan that New Zealand's approach to marine conservation was ahead of many other countries. "There's certainly big problems everywhere, but New Zealand, in my estimation, has always been progressive in terms of taking a conservation approach - certainly with the EEZ and trying to create replenishment zones," he said. 
Skerry will visit New Zealand
next month.
Click here for the full report.




Aotearoa Fisheries group manager, human resources and corporate affairs Allyn Glaysher helps sort waste at their Wellington site.


Aotearoa Fisheries' eye opening waste audit

Aotearoa Fisheries' recent waste audit, at its Lorne Street Wellington site, has given the company considerable information about what waste it produces and how to divert material from the general waste stream that’s currently going to landfill to better uses. Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd group manager of human resources and corporate affairs, Allyn Glaysher said “We’re committed to becoming a global leader in sustainable fisheries management and development, but that doesn’t just mean managing the resource entrusted to our care and strengthening it for future generations, it also means walking the talk in how we operate."



Fishing industry web-based directory

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) hosts a web-based directory of companies in the food and beverage sector, including the fishing industry. It’s a valuable tool for promoting your business in the domestic and export markets.
Click here for the full list. If your business listing needs updating, edit it here.