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Record prices had been paid to
fishermen (up to $100 a kilogram),
a record volume of crayfish moved
through the Te Anau factory, through
the company and nationally; and a
record timeframe, with up to 100
tonnes a month processed during
the busiest part of the season.
The Fiordland Lobster Company’s
rapid expansion during the past
five years had seen it move into
crayfishing areas throughout the
country. It now processed almost
100 percent of the Otago catch and
also owned quota and/or bought
from fishermen in Wellington and
Management committee member
and company director Mark Peychers
said in each area it moved into the
company took an active role
in the fishery and the local quota
management programme. Some
of those areas were still in decline
whereas the management of the
CRA8 fishery had moved from
rebuilding stocks to maintaining
Mr Steffens said a key to the
Fiordland company’s success was
that 16 of its shareholders were
“It keeps us oriented towards service
and prices and keeping suppliers
happy and looking after the fishery
rather than our margins.”
Another small increase in the CRA8
area quota was due at the beginning
of April but fishermen knew that if
stocks ever dropped to pre-2003
levels there would be a “massive”
drop introduced to halt the decline.
A new reality TV series focussing on the New Zealand
rock lobster industry is due to start on TV3 next week.
Million Dollar Catch is billed as a local series following
southern fishermen who risk their lives catching
crayfish in the stormy seas out of Bluff.
Produced by Great Southern Film and Television, the
10-part series revolves around two Maori families and
two Pakeha families and their “hard-out lives catching
the underwater treasure, crayfish”.
Promoters said the series featured “ordinary New
Zealanders, full of fortitude, doing extraordinary things
often in jaw dropping conditions”.
Some of the fishermen featured hold fishing rights
through the quota system, others had rights returned
to them via their Maori ancestry, others have simply
bought the rights.
The fishermen profiled include Vaughan Fisher, John
Hawkless, Rewi Bull, Dave Williams, Graham Anderson
and Shannon Hawkless. Most of the fishermen
featured supply the Fiordland Lobster Company.
Meanwhile, Graeme Sinclair of television’s Gone
Fishing fame has been in Fiordland recently to film a
segment on how the CRA8 lobster fishery has been
rebuilt under the quota management system. He is
due to make another visit and no date is yet available
on when that programme will go to air.
Anyone who has wanted to have a go
at flower arranging can get some tips
at the Te Anau market this weekend.
Floral artist Judy Matthews said she
planned to have a stall there offering
anyone the chance to have a go.
If people picked up a few
ideas it might give them some
encouragement to enter the Te Anau
District Autumn Flower Show next
weekend, Mrs Matthews said.
The flower show will be held on
February 27 and 28, with entries
being taken on the 26th
include floral art, cut flowers, jams,
preserves, baking, children’s entries
Salsa dancing lessons could soon
be available in Te Anau if enough
interest is shown. Dale Wairau
thought salsa might be fun and took
it upon himself to organise a tutor
from Dunedin to visit once a week for
about five weeks.
“It caters for all ages, all sizes, all
abilities,” he said.
The cost would depend on how many
people registered. The summer was
a busy time for Te Anau people so
he hoped the classes would run
towards the end of the season when
people had a bit more time and could
unwind and enjoy themselves.
A social function would be held at the
completion of the course.
Those interested could contact Mr
Wairau on (03) 249-8800.
Some of the southern lobster fishing
crews about to be made famous in a
new documentary series starting next
week, Million Dollar Catch.
Starts Wednesday February 25,
7.30pm on TV 3
Stars of sea
Bumper year for lobster company
Ever fancied a bit of salsa?
Have a go at floral art
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