Seafood growing steadily

14 December 2011

New aquaculture legislation and an increased hoki catch allowance have helped position New Zealand’s seafood industry for continuing growth.

MAF has released a half-year update to the annual Situation and Outlook for New Zealand Agriculture and Forestry (SONZAF) report, which went out in June.

Following the merger with the Ministry of Fisheries in July, MAF is now including seafood in its forecasting.

The update shows that wild capture fisheries production was up 2.4 percent to 442,000 tonnes in the year to 30 September 2011.

This was driven by recent enlargement of the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC) for hoki, and further production increases are expected in the medium term, says Stuart Day, MAF Acting Manager Economic and Industry Development.

Export earnings from wild-capture fisheries were up by $22.9 million (up 1.9 percent), to $1.22 billion.

Meanwhile, earnings from exports of farmed fish and shellfish were up 24.2 percent ($60.1 million) to $308.7 million, driven off a volume increase of 11.9 percent (up 4,900 tonnes).

MAF reports new aquaculture legislation passed in August sets the legal framework needed to support growth in the aquaculture sector.

One company, King Salmon, has since submitted a proposal for eight new salmon farm sites in the Marlborough Sounds under the new provisions.

MAF forecasts that aquaculture production will increase at a moderate rate in the short to medium term.

Mussel exports were the single largest earner this past year, at $221 million, followed by rock lobster at $213 million, hoki at $188 million and squid at $104 million.

For more information, go to the full half-year report in the Publications section of the MAF website.

Media contact:

Stuart Day, Acting Manager Economic and Industry Development, MAF, Ph (04) 819 4351

Jackie Bedford, Senior Communications Advisor, MAF, Ph (04) 894 0654 or 029 894 0654, Email:

Or call the MAF Medialine: 029 894 0328


Last Updated: 14 December 2011

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