June 05, 2014
Quota deal opens career door
The chief executive of Ngati Kahungunu says there is growing interest among the tribe’s young people in careers in the fishing industry.
An agreement the iwi has signed for Sealord to fish its annual catch entitlement includes employment opportunities in the company, which is half-owned by pan-Maori company Aotearoa Fisheries.
Adele Whyte says as well as scholarships to the Westport Deepsea Fishing School, there are other pathways into the industry.
"So fishermen, skippers, filleting fish in the factories, owning the factories, cooking the fish, engineers fixing the boats that go out, these are all valid pathways and career options and so I guess it’s about highlight those career opportunities to our rangatahi," she says.
Dr Whyte says by getting iwi to commit their quota for a longer term, Sealord has more ability to plan ahead and secure higher profits.
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