Consultations with Sanford’s Christchurch employees have begun Thursday (April 9, 2015) afternoon to discuss the potential closure of the company’s Christchurch mussel processing facility. Sanford Chief Executive Volker Kuntzsch is in Christchurch meeting with staff and says that recent weather patterns have impacted on natural spat (offspring) supply for successive seasons to a point where the company needs to look at its mussel processing capacity. The news come exactly a week after the first and new industry/government-funded Greenshell mussel hatchery has been opened, though tt will still take years for the latter to start alleviating the Kiwi shellfish industry’s reliance on wild caught spat. Continue reading SANFORD proposes to close its Christchurch mussel processing facility in response to spat supply shortage; 200+ jobs on the line
As one of only two New Zealand companies permitted to source toothfish from the Ross Sea fishery,Sanford (NZX:SAN) welcomed in a statement Thursday (january 15, 2015) the current efforts of the New Zealand Government, Navy and other New Zealand agencies to fight illegal fishing in the waters of Antarctica.
Continue reading NZX-listed Sanford welcomes efforts of New Zealand authorities to stop illegal/IUU fishing in Antarctica
The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has today (December 10, 2014) released a mid-year update on forecasts from its Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries 2014 (SOPI 2014), which was released in June.
Continue reading 2014 FORECASTS: “improved demand for New Zealand’s top earning seafoods such as rock lobster, mussels and salmon”; China remains n°1 destination
Sanford Chief executive Volker Kuntzsch, presenting today’s the firm’s annual results, said there was a “Challenging skipjack tuna market and fishing environment” and that ‘pulling out of the Pacific tuna sector depended on finding a buyer for two of its vessels’.
Continue reading TUNA: “We only really have two options there…” says Sanford CEO: To divest, or to vertically integrate tuna business…
The, Primary Growth Partnership, Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) programme won the Supreme Award and the Innovation in Sustainability & Clean-tech award at the 2014 New Zealand Innovators Awards on Wednesday night (October 15, 2014) in Auckland. PSH was also a finalist in the Innovation Excellence in Research category. PSH is a revolutionary fishing technology that does away with traditional trawl nets to allow fish to be landed on boats alive and in perfect condition, while safely releasing undersized fish and by catch. Continue reading INNOVATION in Sustainability: Aotearoa Fisheries, Sanford & Sealord investing $26 million into award-winning PSH programme; “Changing the way the world fishes”…