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International demand for fish creates more jobs at home

Credit: Stuff NZ

Nelson-based seafood company Sealord is looking for local workers to help keep up with increased demand in New Zealand and overseas for its frozen fish products.

Sealord CEO Doug Paulin says that ready-coated fish continues to be very popular with Kiwis, and sales in Australia are also at the highest levels Sealord has seen in that market.

“One of the impacts of COVID-19 is more people eating at home,” Paulin says. “Our coated fish is a quick, nutritious and affordable snack and base for meals that people have always loved, but this year in particular we’ve seen increased demand.”

Sealord is looking to fill up to 20 night-shift positions, primarily in the Nelson fish processing plant. Training can be provided for the right applicants.

The company currently employs more than 1100 people both on and off-shore. As an essential service through COVID-19 lockdowns, the company has ensured a reliable supply of food for New Zealand and export customers.

“Some parts of Australia had more, and longer, lockdown periods than here at home,” says Paulin. “That means we now need to increase on-shore production here, to match demand there.”

The work, starting November 2nd is available through to the end of May next year, with potential for extension to the end of September 2021 as other seasonal work starts. There will be a break over the Christmas and New Year period to enjoy time with family and friends.

“We’re looking for motivated people who are willing to learn, deliver quality work, and who are keen to be part of our fantastic Sealord team.”

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