Sustainable methods net seafood award nominations

Several southern sustainability leaders have been announced as finalists in the Seafood Sustainability Awards.

More than 50 entries were received across six categories, which included a range of individuals, groups and projects within the seafood sector.

Gravity Fishing, a Southland business, was nominated for the market innovation and value added award for its promotion of zero waste.

It had researched harvesting methods, adopted a humane Japanese method for killing fish, and developed a 12-month seasonal fishing calendar.

Commercial fisherman Nate Smith, who opened the business, was nominated for the emerging leader award.

The CRA8 Rock Lobster Industry Association Inc promoted initiatives focused on fishery and environmental management, and was nominated for the operational innovation award and kaitiakitanga award.

Fisheries New Zealand deputy director-general Dan Bolger said everyone had a part to play in sustainability.

"These awards are a chance to recognise the innovation, commitment and excellence of a group of people from across the community who are leading the way," he said.

"They have been selected by an independent judging panel including representatives from commercial, recreational, and customary fisheries sectors as well as aquaculture and environmental NGOs."

Winners will be announced on March 18.

Award finalists 

Operational innovation:
CRA8 Rock Lobster Industry Association
Precision Seafood Harvesting
Richard Wells: Resource Wise

Market innovation and value added:
Awatoru Enterprises
Better Fishing
Gravity Fishing
The New Zealand King Salmon Co

Kaitiakitanga:
CRA8 Rock Lobster Industry Association
Aaron McCloy: Papa Taiao Earthcare
Richard Wells: Resource Wise
Scott and Sue Tindale

Emerging leader:
Josh Wyber: High Country Salmon
Maegen Blom: Mills Bay Mussels
Nate Smith: Gravity Fishing

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