14 Oct 2011

Iwi's fishing scheme attracts new crew

7:42 am on 14 October 2011

A Ngai Tahu scheme set up to bring new blood into Bluff's fishing industry now has 10 fishers onboard.

The South Island's biggest iwi created the Murihiku Development Pool for young crew to build their own fishing companies.

They're given mentoring and an opportunity to buy catch quota.

Ngai Tahu Seafood chief executive Brian Moriarty says the scheme is going very well.

He says it was based on succession planning because of the ageing population of fishers.

Mr Moriarty says Ngai Tahu Seafood set aside some crayfish and bluecod quota for the Development Pool which operates out of Awarua, or Bluff harbour.