IN BRIEF - NZ flagged vessels should employ New Zealanders - NZ First
Saturday, February 18, 2017
It is unacceptable that foreign-owned and controlled companies with New Zealand flagged vessels fishing in New Zealand waters are favouring foreign crews ahead of New Zealanders, says New Zealand First Fisheries Spokesperson Richard Prosser.
"New Zealand First has been advised Jaico Ltd, a New Zealand listed fishing company based in Timaru with two directors - one in Korea, another in Timaru - want 100 crew for their trawler Pacinui and seek an Approval in Principle from Immigration NZ to do so. To get approval there must not be suitable New Zealand workers available.
"However, Jaico’s job advertisements are clearly biased in favour of employing Koreans in all of the key positions and excluding New Zealanders, even though Pacinui is a New Zealand flagged vessel and is fishing in New Zealand waters. It is clear Jaico want their ship crewed by Koreans in which case work conditions are less likely to meet New Zealand requirements.
"With Jaico favouring Korean qualifications in their job advertisements, Immigration NZ should suspend their request for an Approval in Principle because it is a manifest attempt to skirt around our laws and avoid hiring New Zealanders. "The employment criteria should be New Zealand qualifications or their equivalent.
"Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse appeared confused when questioned in Parliament today, at first confirming the system was working but later saying he wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t. National is not taking this seriously," says Mr Prosser.
Great American Aquaculture is finishing work on what will be the largest recirculated salt water aquaculture facility in the United States. The fish farm at 64 Avenue of Industry in Waterbury will have a population of about 350,000 European sea bass, also known as branzino, when the project is finished. Company President Eric Pedersen says it will be the only local source of European sea bass, which is currently shipped to the Northeast from the Mediterranean.
New Zealand King Salmon Investments expects annual earning to beat its offer document forecast on strong demand for its products and affirmed its projected profit for 2018.
Pro-forma operating earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation is forecast to be between NZD 20.5 million and NZD 21 million in the year ending June 30 2017, up from the NZD 19.2 million predicted in its October offer documents and ahead of NZD 16 million a year earlier, the Nelson-based company said in a statement. The pro-forma operating earnings forecast exclude a NZD 1.8 million gain from a settlement with a supplier announced last month, costs of NZD 800,000 over the proposed relocation of salmon farms, and NZD 2 million of listing expenses.
The earnings upgrade was "due to strong ongoing demand and continued positive fish performance," chief executive Grant Rosewarne said.
Fishing fleets dump about 10 percent of the fish they catch back into the ocean in an "enormous waste" of low-value fish despite some progress in limiting discards in recent years, scientists said on Monday 26th of June 2017.
A decade-long study, the first global review since 2005 and based on work by 300 experts, said the rate of discards was still high despite a decline from a peak in the late 1980s. Discarded fish are usually dead or dying.
Almost 10 million tonnes of about 100 million tonnes of fish caught annually in the past decade were thrown back into the sea, according to the "Sea Around Us" review by the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Australia.
PHILADELPHIA - FMC Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Epax® Omega-3 business to Pelagia AS. The transaction is expected to close by the end of Q3 2017, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions.
"We are pleased to sell our Omega-3 business to Pelagia AS, a leading manufacturer of pelagic fish products," said Eric Norris, president, FMC Health and Nutrition. "We believe Pelagia provides a strong strategic fit for our Epax® Omega-3 product line and will complement Pelagia's existing portfolio."
Chinese fishing firm fined for tuna fishing illegally New Zealand
Chinese authorities have deregistered and fined a Chinese commercial fishing company approximately USD 596,000 for misreporting bluefin tuna catches and fishing without a licence adjacent to the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone.