The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – The 8th Continent

Press Release – SodaStream

Planning a mid winter get away? Why not head to The Secret Continent, or at least check it out to see if its your kind of thing. Theres no doubt that youre going to be surprised. Read more »

Oceans In The Spotlight At Election Year Oceans Forum

Press Release – Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphin Education Action

The marine environment will be in the spotlight at an Election Year Oceans Forum at Kelly Tarltons SEALIFE Aquarium on April 27 from 10.30-12.30. A panel of non-governmental advocates and scientists will outline challenges facing our seas, and MPs from three … Read more »

Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress

Press Release – Joint Press Release

Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand … Read more »

Aquaculture New Zealand welcomes Supreme Court decision

Press Release – Aquaculture New Zealand

Aquaculture New Zealand welcomes Supreme Court decision Aquaculture New Zealand has welcomed the long awaited Supreme Court decision clearing the way for three new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds. Read more »

Supreme Court ruling means yes to 150 green jobs

Press Release – NZ King Salmon Co Limited

The Supreme Court of New Zealand has given the green light for three out of four new salmon farms in Marlborough. The new farms represent the first new space to be allocated for salmon for over twenty years. Read more »

Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers

Press Release – Maritime Union of New Zealand

Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers Read more »

The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?

Press Release – Slave Free Seas

Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals it was universally accepted by the fishing … Read more »

Whitebait partners look for solutions

Press Release – Joint Press Release

Waikato-Tainui, local marae, councils and agencies are working together to better manage whitebait fisheries at Port Waikato following the compilation of a new report. Read more »

Second reading of the Fisheries Amendment Bill

Speech – New Zealand Government

Mr Speaker, this Bill is a crucial piece of legislation. As members will remember, this legislation came from the Ministerial Inquiry led by the Hon Paul Swain. That Inquiry was set up following serious allegations of mistreatment of crew on foreign … Read more »

Seabed mining application riddled with uncertainties

Press Release – Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) bid to mine 66 sqkm of the seabed in the South Taranaki Bight is so riddled with uncertainties that the EPA should decline the application, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) told the EPA hearings in Hamilton today. Read more »

Guy gets it wrong by any measure

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Ministry for Primary Industries being forced to reprint rulers designed to help recreational fishers measure their snapper catch is right up there on the incompetence scale, Labours Fisheries spokesperson Damien OConnor says. Read more »

More success for Primary Growth Partnership programmes

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is welcoming success by three Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programmes this week, including an award nomination for a revolutionary seafood programme. Read more »

Vessel investment secures NZ fishing jobs

Press Release – Sealord

The decision to invest in a 63 metre freezer factory trawler means Sealord is securing 84 fishing jobs and its on-shore support teams. Read more »

Huge oil and gas “garage sale” comes at real cost to nature

Press Release – Forest And Bird

Conservation organisation Forest & Bird says the sell-off of deep-sea drilling rights in some of New Zealands deepest waters and onshore oil and gas drilling and fracking rights in some of New Zealands most valuable areas of native forest could come … Read more »

Plant & Food Research expand seafood research capability

Press Release – Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Researchs new Maitai Seafood Research Facility was officially opened yesterday by Hon. Dr Nick Smith, MP for Nelson, at a function attended by local officials and more than 130 representatives from both the seafood industry and science community. Read more »

Helping fish get around

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council, in partnership with Western Bay of Plenty District Council, is making life easier for fish in the Kaituna River by trialling three new fish friendly floodgates in culverts near Te Puke and Maketu. Read more »

Snapper Cuts Hitting Wrong Target

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The rights of the Kiwi fisher are being dealt a blow today with the reduction in the snapper bag limits by the Government, says New Zealand First. It is the basic right of every Kiwi to be able to throw out a line and catch a feed, yet the Government … Read more »

Lifejacket initiative hits the mark with commercial fishers

Press Release – Maritime New Zealand

Inflatable lifejackets are changing safety behaviour for commercial fishermen crossing bars on the South Islands West Coast after a project by Maritime New Zealand, the NZ Shipwreck Welfare Trust and manufacturer Survitec Group. Read more »

Rec fishers lose out while Sanford and co win

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Big fishing companies are the winners and average Kiwi fishers the losers out of changes to snapper fishing limits and bag sizes that come into force today, Labours Fisheries spokesperson Damien OConnor says. Read more »

ITF president weighs in on fisheries dispute

Press Release – International Transport Workers’ Federation

International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) president Paddy Crumlin has met with key stakeholders in Auckland, New Zealand, about the ongoing campaign to secure NZD30 million in unpaid wages for fishers in the region. Read more »

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