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  • 8. Hook, Line & Sinker - Seaweed on the Menu

    NZ Seafood Sustainability award winner Lucas Evans likes his seaweed with some chilli and lime, some cucumber and sesame. He wants to see everyday New Zealanders having seaweed on their plates. Lucas is looking to turn seaweed grown and harvested in New Zealand into premium products. He says a thriving seaweed industry would have huge benefits for coastal communities.

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  • 7. Hook, Line & Sinker - Mussel Power

    In this week’s podcast we’re hearing how greenshell mussels are not only good for us but could be even better for the economy. Trials at Nelson's Cawthron Institute have shown taking greenshell mussel powder can reduce joint pain and shorten recovery time after strenuous exercise.  
  • 6. Hook, Line & Sinker - The Marine Environment Needs Kelp

    New Zealand has established oyster, mussel and salmon farms - and now moves are afoot to see if it’s feasible to farm seaweed. A pilot project is under way to test whether common kelp, aka ecklonia radiata, takes well to being ‘planted’ at sea. 
  • 5. Hook, Line & Sinker - Pulling Mussels

    In this week’s podcast we’re talking about mussels. The Coromandel mussel industry’s worth about $65 million in export revenue, and Lance Townsend has been part of it for 32 years. The boat skipper can be found at 4.30 am on work days, whatever the weather, rowing out in a 13 foot dinghy to start up the mussel barge. 
  • 4. Hook, Line & Sinker - Counting the Catch

    Fishery officers spend their days making sure recreational and commercial fishers stick to the rules that’ll ensure there’s plenty of kaimoana left in the sea for everyone. This week, podcast host Carol Stiles is heading out on a sparkling Kaikōura day with fishery officer Howard Reid. 
  • 3. Hook, Line & Sinker - World First Nets Award

    In this week’s podcast we’re meeting a commercial fisher who has invented award-winning technology that uses AI to recognise exactly what is going into the net. Dom Talijancich says it allows fishers to carefully target species, avoiding fish they are not entitled (and don’t want) to catch. It can also provide valuable data on the health of fish stocks.  
  • 2. Hook, Line and Sinker: Keeping Watch at Sea

    In this week’s podcast we’re with Fisheries Observer Nigel Hollands. He heads out on commercial fishing vessels to collect data that helps with fisheries management and protects stocks for future generations. Sometimes Nigel shares a bunkhouse with the crew, other times he's allocated his own cabin. If there's no cook on board, you can find Nigel mucking in to help with the meals. The longest Nigel's spent working at sea, without setting foot on land, is three months.   In this series, Hook Line and Sinker, were taking a dive into Aotearoa New Zealand’s seafood sector. We’ll meet some of the people working in it and learn about innovations designed to help the industry grow and thrive.