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Jackman’s fishing career started aged 47, which, in a field known for being almost unforgivingly mentally and physically tough, is impressive.

The Nelson-based Guard family’s long affinity with the fishing industry is a cornerstone of increasing support for an industry under stress.

From working with Hollywood studios to mentoring fishers, Richard and Jean Kibblewhite have contributed positively to the industry for decades.

Seventh generation Chatham Islander Delwyn Tuanui, 39, and Australian spouse Gigi are the team behind the Chatham Island Food Co.

Hough is from a long line of fishermen but his decision to live the dream in the Marlborough Sounds has not been without its challenges.

Blackwell wanted to be a truck driver from age 12, when she was inspired by a ride on a stock truck from her family’s beef and sheep farm.

It can be quite a task to meet consumers’ demand for healthy, high-quality seafood options – This is where Sheridan comes to the fore. 

Twenty years ago Wells set up as a small fry in the big player, male dominated seafood industry.

Amai’s career has rocketed from the factory floor at age 16 to her management role 11 years later.

He thought he might give his first fish factory job a go for a few weeks, but eight years later on Armi Chia is a senior manager.

Carol Scott is Chief Executive of Southern Inshore Fisheries Management Company Ltd (Southern Inshore).

World-leading ocean scientists are helping to inform evidence-based fisheries management.