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Some general information is readily available on this website. For example, you are able to get up-to-date statistics about the New Zealand seafood industry in the Fact File and information on 45 key species in the species section. If you are not able to find the information you are looking for please contact the Information Centre.

Information Centre

The Seafood Industry Council’s Information Centre is the key provider of fisheries science, aquaculture, trade, marketing and fisheries law information in New Zealand.

The Information Centre subscribes to more than 125 journal titles and holds more than 4,500 books – all related to the New Zealand and international seafood industry, fisheries science and related fields. Industry members may visit the collection in person or contact staff for assistance. New additions to our collection are listed on the latest additions page.

Industry levypayers may borrow books and receive photocopies or digital copies of journal articles. Members of the public wanting to obtain items from the Council’s Information Centre should request an inter-library loan through their nearest public library. Students and staff at tertiary institutions should also be able to request interloans through their institutions’ libraries.

Information Centre Catalogue
Search the Information Centre’s collection – find details for every item in our collection, including thousands of books, articles and other resources covering fisheries-related topics in both NZ and internationally.
Database searches
Information Centre staff can search the comprehensive in-house catalogue for 18,000 journal articles, reports or books on your topic of interest.

In addition to our own resources, we also have access to the collections of other New Zealand libraries and overseas sources. Experienced staff can carry out a literature search on your behalf and locate items as required. Charges apply on some services. Contact us for further details regarding charges.

Export statistics and Exporter Directory
Did you know that mussels are New Zealand’s largest export earner?

The Information Centre has access to New Zealand seafood export data and can produce customised reports in print or electronic format. This is a “price on request” service and charges will vary depending on the nature and size of the report. Data for reports can be sorted by species, product form and market. We also offer an annual subscription to the latest monthly export reports. For more information on these services, see subscription statistics.

Top 10 export species and markets can be found in the Fact File.

The Exporter Directory can be used to locate New Zealand seafood exporters.

Legislation service
The legislation service is for those who wish to keep abreast of new fisheries legislation. The service supplies printed or electronic copies of acts, regulations, Gazette notices and any other relevant legislation with an impact on the New Zealand commercial fishing and seafood industries.

For more information visit the legislation service page.

Email updates
Information Centre staff can create customised email search alerts on your topic of interest. Tables of contents for many recent fisheries and seafood journals can be emailed to you. The Information Centre also alerts the industry to new books, articles, reports and websites that have been recently added to our in-house catalogue. You can contact the Information Centre to request any of these items.

Collection Policy

The Information Centre provides library and information services to New Zealand’s seafood industry.

Its specialised collection of journals, books and electronic resources covers the latest developments in fisheries management, fisheries science, aquaculture, trade, marketing, fisheries law, processing and product development. We also collect resources in broader subject areas as appropriate to support New Zealand Seafood Industry Council staff in their work – for example environment, economics, and general reference works such as dictionaries, atlases and nautical charts.

The Centre’s resources are a working collection and they therefore need to be accurate and up-to-date. This involves liaison with Seafood Industry Council staff in the areas of Science, Policy, Trade and Information and Industry Training to assess the usefulness of journals, books, databases and electronic resources.

The Centre’s clients are scattered throughout New Zealand and the Centre aims to continue to improve its level of service to those clients including easier access to the collections. In light of this electronic resources are often preferred over print and more resources are becoming available in electronic form only.

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