The Council in Action

The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council provides professional, contestable advice to government and the industry on sound fisheries management policies and practices. Through information, consultation and input into central and local government decision-making processes, the Council assists the growth of the industry. Underpinning this is a commitment to sustainable development and to protect New Zealand’s marine resources.

In 1997 the Council assumed most of the functions of the New Zealand Fishing Industry Board under an Agency Agreement. Since then the Council’s primary role has been to promote the healthy development of the New Zealand seafood industry. This occurs through advocacy, policy development, and the provision of scientific and educational services to the commercial seafood industry.

The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council Board
The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council is governed by a Board of up to eight Directors appointed by the industry. Directors are appointed by shareholder vote at the Annual General Meeting from nominations made by shareholders. Shareholders in the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council are Commercial Stakeholder Organisations, their agent or any other person approved by the Board.
Shareholders attending the AGM, or in writing, vote in favour of one or more people nominated for appointment to any vacancy on the Board. Each year at least one third of the Directors are required to retire from office, but remain eligible for reelection at that meeting. The Directors to retire are those who have been longest in office since their last election.

The Directors elect one of their number as chairperson of the Board. The chairperson of the Board holds that office until he or she vacates it or the Directors elect a chairperson in his or her place.

The Annual General Meeting is generally held in February of every year.

Current Board members
Dave Sharp, Chairman

Eric Barratt, Managing Director, Sanford Ltd

Peter Vitasovich, Chair, Aquaculture New Zealand

Jeremy Fleming, CEO, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd

Ross Tocker, General Manager Operations, Sealord Group Ltd

Andrew Talley, Director, Talley’s Fisheries Ltd

Daryl Sykes, Executive Director, New Zealand Rock Lobster Industry Council

Tony Threadwell, Director, Pegagus Fishing Ltd

New Zealand Seafood Industry Council Constitution 219kB
Industry Structure
The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council is a company owned by the industry. Its brief is to look after the generic interests of a diverse and exciting industry and promote healthy growth.

For further information about how the Council fits within the industry, how that industry operates and is funded, see Industry Structure.

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