Seafood New Zealand Friday Update 23 October 2015



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Friday, October 23, 2015



Industry pays its respects

  The tragic loss of three fishermen on the Jubilee last Sunday demonstrates yet again the perils of the sea.
  The industry is mourning the loss of skipper Paul Bennett and crew Terry Booth and Jared Husband.
  The Jubilee sank off the Canterbury coast, 12 nautical miles from the Rakaia River mouth, in rough weather early on Sunday morning after sending a
mayday call.
  The crewmen are yet to be found and the circumstances of the sudden sinking remain unknown.
  The community has rallied around the grieving families.
  Paul Bennett, a 35-year-old father of three from Motueka, fished for Lyttelton-based Ocean Fisheries.
  Two other Ocean Fisheries trawlers, Frontier and Legacy, assisted in the search.
  Legacy’s skipper Bryce Bennett is Paul’s older brother.
  Terry Booth, 55, from Ruby Bay, was an experienced fishermen who had also worked in mussel farming and processing.
  Jared Husband, 47, was from Timaru.
  The boat has been located in 40 metres and was obviously subject to a catastrophic event to the extent the men did not make it into the liferaft, which has been recovered.
  The sinking was a mystery and the sea conditions were not unusually rough, according to Andrew Stark, whose company operates Ocean Fisheries.
  It is a terribly tough time for all concerned as they search for answers and the return of the remains of loved ones.
  There could well have been another tragedy this week when a fishing boat contracted to Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd was hit by three large waves near South Head in the Kaipara Harbour.
  On Monday night the vessel had just brought a bag of snapper on board when the waves hit, damaging the vessel and washing some fish overboard.
  “The weather was really quite frightening – it was like being in a washing machine,” the skipper said.
  The loss of fish, some 4-500 kg, was reported and the damaged boat steamed straight back to port.
  A number of those lost fish washed up on Muriwai Beach, setting the anti-fishing hounds baying on social media.
  It is distressing to see prized fish wasted but in this case the skipper did everything right.
  The loss was recorded on the Catch Landing Report and the fish are subject to allocated catch under the Quota Management System.
  For those who have trouble understanding that concept, it means the lost fish are not additional to scientifically assessed sustainable stocks.
  The loss is borne by the fishers. No one has been robbed.
  That needed to be explained to the wilfully ignorant production apprentice at TV3 who headlined the story: Aotearoa Fisheries confess to dumping fish near Muriwai.
  What confession? What dumping?
  After a protest from Seafood NZ and Aotearoa Fisheries, TV3 reheadlined the story: Severe weather prompted snapper dump. Later in the day, the story disappeared from their website.
  Lift your game you chumps.
  The Ministry for Primary Industries followed up the next day with a statement that new vessel monitoring technology installed on the vessel allowed it to confirm the crew’s story.
  The new monitoring system, a joint Government and industry initiative, showed the boat had an unusual kink in its course, consistent with the information provided by the crew.
  Fisheries officers met the boat when it arrived at Onehunga wharf.
  Despite the advent of more sophisticated vessels and gear and greater emphasis on safety, fishing in New Zealand’s turbulent waters remains a hazardous business and that will always be so.
  A little more respect for those who put wonderful fresh seafood on our tables and whose exports help maintain this insignificant trading country’s high standard of living is overdue.
  We remember Paul Russell Bennett, Terry Donald Booth and Jared Reese Husband and extend our aroha to their families.



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In the Media




Sharp decrease in overfishing

Stuff (October 21) reported on the Environment Aotearoa 2015 report showing improvements for the fishing industry, with overfishing having decreased sharply. The report, released by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand said between 2009 and 2014, the proportion of fish stocks subject to overfishing decreased from 25 per cent to 14 per cent.
In 2014, more than 95 per cent of fish caught were from stocks that were
not overfished. 
Click here for full report 
Link to Seafood NZ's media release



Bumper season for mussels

Stuff (October 20) reported on Greenshell™ mussel farmers in the top of the south enjoying a bumper season, bringing welcome news to the aquaculture industry. Seven weeks into the 2015-16 harvest, farmers were getting their best yields in many years. 
Click here for full report



Marlborough mussels and arthritis

Stuff (October 15) reported on Clearwater Mussels and Talley's Seafood Wholesaler supplying Greenshell™ mussels to nutraceutical company MacLab, who use it to make 'mussel powder'. The report said according to a 2012 Queensland University study, 'mussel powder' was more effective in treating joint pain than glucosamine.
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New aquaculture sites in Southland 

Stuff (October 8) reported on Venture Southland identifying nine potential aquaculture sites in the wake of the Southland Regional Development Strategy. The new locations would bring hundreds of jobs to Bluff, Stewart Island and Riverton. The spaces were referred to in Venture Southland's projects and activities report for July and August.
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Prestigious marine sciences scholarship for Maori student

Scoop (October 20) reported on a Lincoln University Master’s student, Roxanne Lloyd, being awarded the prestigious the Rona Scholarship at the recent 2015 Ngā Whetū Hei Whai: Charting Pathways for Māori Industry Future Conference.
The scholarship aims to increase Māori participation in the fisheries and aquaculture industries. 
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The San Aspiring. Photo: Gone Fishin'


Gone Fishin' with the San Aspiring

Don't miss this Saturday's episode of Tradezone Gone Fishin' with Graeme Sinclair, the second part of the San Aspiring's trip to South Georgia. Watch the crew catch toothfish and embark on an orca and sperm whale tagging programme. Keep an eye out for a cheeky penguin!
On Saturday, October 24, 5pm on TV3.
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