June 20, 2016
New plant triples lobster export capacity
Moana New Zealand and Port Nicholson Fisheries have tripled their capacity to process live lobsters with the opening yesterday of a new energy efficient export facility in Auckland.
The two companies joined forces in April this year to form the country’s largest Maori-owned lobster processing business.
Carl Carrington from Moana, which was previously known as Aotearoa Fisheries, says the state of the art facility holds over 300,000 litres of sea water, can process six tonnes of lobster per day for export and has a total hold capacity of 27 tonnes.
He says research into the physiology of lobster and water quality has lead to significant advances in understanding management of live lobster and better design of the live holding systems.
The partnership processes 650 tonnes of lobster quota annually which represents about 44 per cent of the North Island and Chathams total allowable commercial catch and 23 per cent of New Zealand’s total live lobster exports.
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