Fiordland Lobster recognises the significance of the remarkable environment it operates in and since its formation almost 25 years ago has adopted a conservation ethic towards the fish stock and marine eco-systems that support the business.
The company has an enviable track record, pioneering conservation and preservation of marine and terrestrial environments, inspired by the original fishermen shareholders who have a unique bond with the southern New Zealand fiords.
With the growth of Fiordland Lobster the same protective values have been adopted by management and staff throughout New Zealand underlining their empathy for the exceptional waters the company works in.
The company supports many conservation related projects both financially and logistically involving everyone from the chairman and directors to staff at all levels.
Fiordland Lobster projects include:
- Conservation management strategies for rock lobster stocks in fisheries where Fiordland Lobster has a major stake. All managed well above sustainability levels and company directors are widely represented on area management committees
- Directors initiated the establishment of the first two marine reserves in the South island at Milford and Doubtful Sounds
- Directors deeply involved in the formation of the Fiordland Marine area and the Fiordland Marine Guardians (www.fmg.org.nz)
- Helped fund projects to re-introduce the Kokako to the South Island and to eradicate predators on Pigeon Island in Dusky Sound allowing the release of threatened native birds on the sanctuary
- Coastal clean-ups. Many tonnes of plastic and pollutants have been removed in six-yearly operations
- Supporting the translocation of Spotted Kiwi to Anchor Island - Read more >