Our Sectors

Our Sectors

Our industry is made up of Sector Representative Entities (SREs) including rock lobster, paua, deepwater, aquaculture and inshore finfish sector, all dedicated to the promotion and management of the interests they represent.

The roles and functions of these SREs include:

  • Primary responsibility in consultation processes and wider engagement processes related to the management of their sector-specific interests.
  • Preparing submissions in response to sectoral proposals, engaging in working groups and other fora, initiating developments and undertaking such tasks as relate to their sectoral interests, including communications and trade access.
  • Keeping each other informed as to their developments and views on matters and committing to working for the greater good of the industry.

Aquaculture New Zealand (AqNZ)

For more than 40 years, New Zealand's marine farmers have been sustainably producing the world's best seafood. The New Zealand aquaculture industry has evolved from a group of innovative pioneers to a professional, specialised and quality food production sector concentrating on environmental sustainability, food safety and value added marketing. In 2014 the industry employed more than 3000 Kiwis and generated more than $450 million of revenue. As a sector it offers tremendous potential for New Zealand, to create more regional jobs, support associated industries and inject much needed export earnings into local communities and the economy.

Aquaculture New Zealand is the voice of the New Zealand aquaculture industry, representing Greenshellâ„¢ Mussel, New Zealand King Salmon and New Zealand Pacific Oyster farmers, as they strive to reach a target of $1 billion in annual sales by 2025.

Based in Nelson, Aquaculture New Zealand represents stakeholders through: strengthening government partnerships, promoting investment, improving public support and understanding, promoting Maori success, market development, maximising opportunities for innovation, promoting sustainability and investing in training.

Deepwater Group Ltd (DWG)

Deepwater Group Ltd is committed to the sustainable management of New Zealand's deepwater fisheries. Formed in September 2005, the company is an amalgamation of EEZ fisheries quota owners in New Zealand. A non-profit organisation, Deepwater Group Ltd works in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries and with other interest groups, to ensure New Zealand gains the maximum economic yields from New Zealand's deepwater fisheries resources managed within a long-term, sustainable framework.

Fisheries managed by Deepwater Group Ltd are those targeted commercially and usually fished at depths between 200 and 1200 metres. These include orange roughy, oreo dory, hoki, hake, ling, squid and jack mackerel. Deepwater fisheries contribute over $650m in export earnings and is the largest exporting sector of the seafood industry.

Fisheries Inshore New Zealand Ltd

Fisheries Inshore NZ is a commercial fisheries stakeholder organisation that works for members' collective interests as an inshore quota owner, ACE holder and commercial fisher.

The company is responsible for bringing forward the national inshore perspective into seafood discussions. Fisheries Inshore brings policy, technical, practical fishing experience and science expertise drawn from a national perspective.

Members of Fisheries Inshore NZ are inshore finfish and pelagic and tuna quota owners, Commercial Stakeholder Companies focusing on regional as well as pelagic and tuna fishstocks, local fish management groups, ACE fishers and ACE holders. Fisheries Inshore represents all fishing methods and includes inshore fish stocks in Fish Management Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9.

New Zealand Rock Lobster

The New Zealand Rock Lobster Industry Council Ltd (NZ RLIC) is the sole nationally representative organisation for the New Zealand rock lobster industry and renews its mandate annually. The NZ RLIC is the umbrella organisation for nine commercial stakeholder organisations operating in each of the rock lobster management areas in New Zealand. The regional groups are known as CRAMACs and these appoint the NZ RLIC Board members who in turn appoint an independent chairperson. CRAMAC membership comprises the full range of lobster industry participants from the catching sector through to processing and exporting. The NZ RLIC and CRAMACs are funded by way of a Rock Lobster Commodity Levy established in 2013.

NZ RLIC is not affiliated to any other seafood industry organisation but has both formal and informal collaborations with several, including the Paua Industry Council, Fisheries Inshore New Zealand, Aquaculture New Zealand and Seafood New Zealand. The NZ RLIC maintains strong links to lobster industry organisations and agencies in Australia.

Since 1997 the New Zealand RLIC has been the principal rock lobster stock monitoring and stock assessment research provider to the Ministry for Primary Industries and also has research collaborations with Seafood Innovations Ltd and several tertiary institutions. The NZ RLIC is pro-actively involved in all aspects of New Zealand rock lobster fisheries management.

The NZ RLIC maintains an office in Wellington, New Zealand, and is managed by a contracted Executive Officer and salaried staff.

Paua Industry Council Ltd (PIC)

The Paua Industry Council Ltd is the national umbrella service agency for the five regional commercial stakeholder groups representing commercial paua fishery interests. Each regional representative group (PauaMAC - derived from the Quota Management System designation for paua, and Management Area Council) draws its membership and mandate from fishing and non-fishing quota owners, ACE holders, permit holders, processors and exporters from within the main seven designated management areas. The paua industry is designed as a "bottom up" driven organisational structure, with decision making primarily resting with individual quota owners and dive crews. Its organisations' primary aims are firstly to work to ensure the health of the New Zealand paua fisheries and secondly to act as advocate for its members interests.

The paua industry is a small but important export earner for New Zealand at around $57m per annum in recent years.