Aqua­cul­ture driv­ing NZ seafood ex­ports

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NEW Zealand’s ex­port earn­ings from seafood are on the rise, with aqua­cul­ture lead­ing the way, the coun­try’s fish­eries min­is­ter, Stu­art Nash, said last month.

The lat­est New Zealand Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries’ Sit­u­a­tion and Out­look re­port pre­dicts New Zealand’s seafood ex­port earn­ings will grow from (NZ) $1.8 bil­lion to $2.1 bil­lion by June 2022.

‘Aqua­cul­ture is set to be the main driver for the fore­cast growth, thanks largely to in­creased mus­sel har­vests, and higher prices as de­mand con­tin­ues to grow in key mar­kets,’ said the min­is­ter

‘We ex­pect hatch­ery bred spat to be a boon for mus­sel pro­duc­tion. We are al­ready see­ing bet­ter mus­sels as a re­sult of hatch­ery spat pro­duced through the SPATnz Pri­mary Growth Part­ner­ship pro­gramme.

‘We are also see­ing sal­mon pro­duc­tion in- creas­ing, with three new farms op­er­at­ing in the Marl­bor­ough Sounds.

‘Aqua­cul­ture ex­port earn­ings are fore­cast to reach $430 mil­lion this year and reach nearly $600 mil­lion in 2022.

‘Ex­port earn­ings for New Zealand’s wild cap­ture fish prod­ucts are ex­pected to reach $1.4 bil­lion this year and climb to $1.5 bil­lion in 2022.

‘We ex­pect to see higher prices as a re­sult of more peo­ple want­ing to eat fish and re­duced global sup­ply due to China’s plans to re­duce its catch.’

He said the en­vi­ron­men­tal cred­i­bil­ity of New Zealand’s seafood prod­ucts would be a vi­tal fac­tor in any ex­port suc­cess.

‘The Ma­rine Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil has cer­ti­fied many of our fish­eries as sus­tain­able. Fur­ther cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of this kind will sup­port ex­port prices.

‘In­no­va­tive ap­proaches to har­vest­ing will also play their role. This gov­ern­ment’s re­cent reg­u­la­tion changes have al­lowed the use of in­no­va­tive trawl tech­nol­ogy to al­low more pre­cise fish­ing and to pro­duce high qual­ity prod­ucts such as those un­der the new Ti­aki brand.’

Above: New ealand mus­sels

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