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The New Zealand seafood industry works under a structure comprising Rights Owners, Commercial Stakeholder Organisations (CSOs), and the company established to work on behalf of the industry – the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council. The relationships between these various components of the industry are shown in the diagram at right.

The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council works on behalf of the New Zealand industry, looking after the interests of a diverse industry and promoting healthy growth.

The Council’s main focus is in shaping policies and the regulatory framework, lobbying for surety of access to fisheries, reducing tariffs, working co-operatively on fisheries management and environmental issues and also providing an avenue for funding for scientific research and value-added information.

FishServe
Council subsidiary, Commercial Fisheries Services Ltd – FishServe as it is commonly known – operates many aspects of the quota management system, including the registry of quota ownership, trades, catch entitlements, permits and catch records for the Ministry of Fisheries and other stakeholders.
“Seafood New Zealand”
Also under the Council’s umbrella is the monthly Seafood New Zealand magazine with a readership of more than 18,000 people ranging from skippers to fishing company executives and researchers to consumers.
Seafood ITO
Another key role for the levy-funded Council is providing training programmes through the Seafood Industry Training Organisation (Seafood ITO). Seafood ITO aims to ensure that the industry has available the skills and experience needed at every stage of the harvest and delivery system in order for the industry to compete internationally and meet customer and consumer needs.
Industry structure
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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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About us

The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council Ltd works on behalf of the New Zealand seafood industry. The industry is made up of about 2500 participating enterprises, including fishermen and aquaculturists and family-owned, publicly listed and joint venture seafood companies, fisheries management organisations and retailers.

The Council in Action

The Council is a company owned by the industry. Its main areas of focus are in shaping policies and the industry’s regulatory framework, lobbying for surety of access to fisheries, reducing tariffs, working co-operatively on fisheries management and environmental issues, and providing an avenue for funding for scientific research and value-added innovation. More information click here »

You can find out more about the structure of the New Zealand industry and how the Council fits within it; the Council’s Business Plan, its Board, and its Constitution.

Business Units
The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council is organised into four business Units.

Science
The Science group is responsible for fisheries science, research and development. This includes strategic science policy, influencing and monitoring research processes and supporting fishery management development. Find out more about Science.

Policy
The Policy group supports the seafood industry with strategic policy advice in key areas including fisheries law andregulations, property rights in capture fisheries and aquaculture, and environmental issues. Find out more about Policy.

Trade and Information

The Trade and Information group comprises three areas of activity:

Trade and International Policy works closely with government to identify opportunities for improving market access for New Zealand seafood products.

The Information Centre provides library and information services to the industry itself, government, and the public.

The Seafood Standards Council is an official committee of the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council and is primarily concerned with the assurance of food safety for seafood produced in New Zealand.

Training
Seafood ITO is the Industry Training organisation (ITO) for New Zealand’s seafood industry. Seafood ITO delivers high quality education and training to people of all ages and levels of experience employed in the seafood industry. Find out more about the Seafood ITO.
To contact the Council
If you want to make contact with a Council staff member by email the convention is firstname.lastname@seafood.co.nz, eg joe.bloggs@seafood.co.nz

You can also get in touch with the Council using Contact Us.