Tiaki among "winners" of 2016 Hi-Tech awards

Auckland, New Zealand - The inaugural Maori Innovation Award at the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards has been won by Precision Seafood Harvesting for its revolutionary technology that does away with traditional trawl nets to allow fish to be landed alive and in perfect condition.

The technology is being developed in a six-year Primary Growth Partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries and fishing companies - Sanford, Sealord and Aotearoa Fisheries – representing a combined investment of 48 million dollars.

Callahan Innovation, which sponsored the award, said Precision Seafood Harvesting beat a strong field of finalists drawn from a record number of entries for a new category to take out the award.   The winners were announced at an awards function on May 20th (2016).

Aotearoa Fisheries CEO, Carl Carrington was at the Awards representing the co-investors and says it is humbling to win from a field of exceptional finalists.  “This is a transformative technology that New Zealand is leading the world in.  We are very proud of all our fishing crew, science teams and the companies involved for their foresight and commitment to this innovation.”