Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) commenced in April 2012 as a Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme between the Ministry for Primary Industries and three of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading seafood companies: Sealord Group Limited, Sanford Limited and Moana New Zealand.
The aim of the PGP programme was to research and develop a new fish harvesting technology that was driven by the desire to deliver better quality seafood and safeguard the future of our oceans and fish stocks.
PSH has been a successful collaboration between government, industry and researchers and reflects the strong commitment to improved performance in fish harvesting.
The PGP programme ended in Sep 2019 with the new fish harvesting technology having been developed in New Zealand by PSH being approved for commercial use for deepwater and inshore fish species within New Zealand.
Since the end of the PGP programme PSH has continued to develop the fish harvesting technology with the three seafood companies now being joined by the New Zealand Institute of Plant & Food Research as a shareholder in the company, as we look to embark on a new 3-year programme under the Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures (SFF Futures) fund to further research the benefits of the technology and to commercialise this technology both domestically and internationally.