13 May 2013

Maori-owned fishing ventures in Australia feature at conference

7:06 pm on 13 May 2013

The success of Maori-owned fishing ventures in Australia will feature at a Maori fisheries conference on Wednesday.

Te Ohu Kaimoana - the Maori Fisheries Trust has two Sealord businesses in Australia.

They include a freshwater barramundi farm in north Queensland and a multi species operation in Tasmania.

Te Ohu Kaimoana chief executive Peter Douglas, says speakers from both companies will talk about the challenges of operating in a country other than New Zealand.

He says the scale of running fishing businesses in Australia will be examined, along with a comparison of fishing employment opportunities in both countries.

Mr Douglas says the conference will also discuss the impact on Maori fishing interests of re-flagging foreign charter fishing vessels.