According to Aquaculture New Zealand, in the past 40 years aquaculture in New Zealand has grown from small beginnings to a significant primary industry, sustainably producing the world’s best seafood – Greenshell Mussels, King Salmon and Pacific Oysters. In 2011 New Zealand’s aquaculture sector generated over $400 million in revenue, employed over 3000 Kiwis and has a target goal of reaching $1 billion in sales by 2025.
Motueka Nets supplied some of the first nets used in the NZ industry and since have been at the forefront of development, manufacturing for New Zealand's leading aquaculture businesses.
I have been involved in New Zealand aquaculture since 1983, establishing the first NZ Chinook salmon farm in Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island, and then in 1993 moving to Marlborough in the top of the South Island, which involved building three salmon farms in the outer Pelorous Sound for Southern Ocean Seafoods.
Motueka Nets supplied the netting and constructed all nets for the Southern Ocean operation. It was a privilege to associate with net makers who took pride in their work, understood concepts of net design, were innovative in working with us to solve fish husbandry issues and went beyond the call of duty to ensure net delivery dates were met and alteration work was completed within tight time frames.
I later became involved as General Manager of several Greenshell mussel industry operations until a parent company purchased a salmon farming operation in 2008 which they intended to expand. This necessitated involving Motueka Nets once again to ensure nets were made to specification using quality materials and any alterations or adaptions to improve husbandry and growth were carried out immediately because of the close proximity of their net loft.
2014 finds me as Aquaculture Manager for Ngai Tahu Seafood Resources, obtaining a change of species resource consent for an existing mussel farm in the Pelorus Sound and planning a world first to commercially grow Hapuku in sea cages. Once again Motueka Nets will be supplying a wealth of knowledge, attention to detail and first class net making skills in their contribution towards this exciting new project.
Aquaculture Manager Ngai Tahu Seafood Resources