Moana New Zealand supports the commercial tarakihi catch reduction announced by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash this week, as it too is committed to ensuring there are plenty of fish in the sea for future generations.
New Zealand’s largest Iwi-owned seafood company, Moana New Zealand sees itself as kaitiaki, or guardians, of the realm of Tangaroa, and its Māori values support any fisheries management that ensures its bounty is accessible to all.
Moana New Zealand Chief Executive, Steve Tarrant, says:
“This is all of our collective responsibility and it is heartening to see how by working together positively as an industry and Ministry we have a pragmatic and workable solution to build the tarakihi stocks back up, and input on an ongoing basis.”
Moana New Zealand has already ‘shelved’ its Total Allowable Catch (TAC) to the levels the minister as stipulated in the areas it operates ahead of the October 1 deadline, and has been working through revised catch plans with its contracted fishers.
“It is certainly a challenge for the business. One of our core values is manaakitanga, looking after our people, and these types of necessary decisions put additional pressure on the livelihoods of our contract fishers however Moana is committed to finding workable solutions for our fishers to maintain their viability,” says Mr Tarrant.
“Fisheries management is something they know is at the heart of what we do, and we talk about this directly with them often, as well as more recently through our Responsible Fisheries Awareness Programme, which 60 of our contracted fishers have now participated in.”
Moana New Zealand will continue to work with the Ministry and industry collaboratively in order to further develop the plan to rebuild the tarakihi fishery and gather further data to improve the understanding of the resource.
“We’re committed to a common goal – healthy, sustainable fish stocks for future generations,” says Mr Tarrant.