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Seafood New Zealand: A New Industry Organisation

NEW ZEALAND - October 1 marked the beginning of a new national industry organisation called Seafood New Zealand.

Dave Sharp, Chairman of the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council (SeaFIC) said the new entity is the outcome of a comprehensive review undertaken by SeaFIC in consultation with industry participants.

Earlier this year the SeaFIC Board went out to industry proposing a new direction aimed at delivering better value through a new national body that would represent whole of industry, while allowing for greater autonomy of individual sector groups, he said.

The result is a new entity called Seafood New Zealand which becomes the public face of the industry, taking over the operational roles previously undertaken by SeaFIC.

Seafood New Zealand operates within a governance model that has three key interlinking parts including:

  • A central, cooperative seafood industry-wide organisation through Seafood New Zealand focused on providing a range of services to the seafood industry and the Sector Representative Entities (SREs).
  • Greater sector-specific representation and responsibility via five Sector Representative Entities (SREs) including the already established aquaculture, deepwater, paua, rock lobster entities, and an emerging inshore finfish sector.
  • A dedicated focus on industry strategy through Seafood Strategy New Zealand Limited, aimed at ensuring a broader strategic perspective for the industry.

Like all primary industries in New Zealand, we need to ensure we have the best structure in place to meet the demands of a difficult economy while continuing to ensure good environmental stewardship in how we harvest New Zealand seafood, Mr Sharp said.

I am confident the changes will achieve this by delivering a more coordinated whole-of-industry approach while enabling improved representation for the diversity of industry participants through targeted services.

Lucy Towers

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