Fishing company eyes up Timaru workforce to crew new vessel

Competition for South Canterbury’s fishing expertise looks set to intensify, with national firm Sealord looking to Timaru to help staff its soon-to-be launched $70 million factory fishing vessel. Sealord public affairs and communications manager Julie North said the company expected to put its advanced new fishing trawler, which includes an highly-automated on-board fish factory, to sea in May. North said advertisements for crew to man the trawler, which would be based out of Nelson but would fish down both coasts of the South Island and as far south as the sub-Antarctic, had reached as far as Timaru. >click to read< 21:52