The new offal discharge system located under the boat, and the muncher, a great discharge point for unwanted fish.
Moana New Zealand recently announced a $30 million fleet renewal programme. Moana is to help those companies buy the new "technologically advanced" boats with transitional funding, long-term access to quota and secure financing, its chief executive Carl Carrington said. Moana New Zealand, formerly Aotearoa Fisheries, is a treaty settlement business with 58 shareholders.
Carrington said that Moana is effectively financing the building of the new vessels and the fishing companies took on debt to buy it once it was completed as most of the fishing companies Aotearoa Fisheries contracts are small, family-owned businesses.
Australian company OceanTech designed the 24m inshore trawler specially for New Zealand conditions. It was built by Nelson-based Aimex Service Group.
AFL does not own a fleet but contracts fishing companies to catch its quota.
The Santy Maria will be based in its home port in Tauranga, and operated by Tauranga fishing company RMD, run by the Rawlinson family.
The boat's special features included modern fuel efficiency systems and world-leading trawling gear specially designed to minimize environmental impacts.
It also featured advanced seabird protection measures, including that offal on board would be released when it was not trawling, and discharged below the water rather than above it. The concern with this is that it could allow bi-catch or unwanted fish to be discarded as well and there is no camera monitoring system to ensure this doesn’t occur, especially since Newshub released camera footage showing commercial fishers blatantly flouting the law, and this new device only adds more concern.
The most significant thing about this boat is that it is geared up for precision seafood harvesting, and this wonder net works best in 20 metres of water. So if you are out there this summer in your fiz boat or kayak be prepared to give way to this monster as they will be displaying their maritime signs that require it.
Moana New Zealand chief executive Carl Carrington said the vessel marked the beginning of the biggest fleet renewal of its kind in New Zealand since the early 1970s.
“The average inshore fishing vessel is over 40 years old, and these new 24-metre, six crew vessels will be more fuel efficient, require less maintenance and are less susceptible to changeable weather conditions," he said.
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