Seafood Innovations Ltd (SIL) and Industry-Funded Research is Providing Economic Returns

Seafood Innovations Ltd (SIL) and industry-funded research into the varying conditions of rock lobster across the seasons is bringing substantial economic returns to rock lobster fishers in the lower South Island.

The research, conducted by NIWA scientists, has confirmed observations by southern fishermen that the nutritional value and condition of rock lobsters varies at different times of the year according to their moult and reproductive cycles, allowing fishers to get maximum returns by targeting lobsters in prime condition.

The project is one of three that the CRA8 Management Committee has invested in with the support of Seafood Innovations (SIL) over a number of years, resulting in significant financial gains in the CRA8 quota management area - the largest rock lobster fishery in New Zealand, covering South Westland, Fiordland, Stewart Island, Foveaux Strait, the Catlins and adjacent islands.

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