Geoff and Steve Connor formed Waikawa Fishing Company in 1984 with their wives
Liz and Christine.

Our three 20m+ vessels now bring in a range of wetfish for supply to major processors including school shark, Ling, Bluenose and Hapuka (Groper).

Under quota for Ngai Tahu and other iwi, Waikawa Fishing Company catches crayfish for local and offshore consumption. We also provide vessels for activities such as seismic surveys. In 2009, Waikawa Fishing Company secured a quota for scampi, the slender New Zealand lobster barely known to most Kiwis - it is mostly exported to China. (Though you can try Connors Catch scampi at prestigious Huka Lodge.)

In 2014, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, MBIE, awarded our company a $7.8m grant, in collaboration with Cawthron Institute for six years of research on scampi.

A special hatchery has been developed at Cawthron’s Nelson facility – the first in the world – to test scampi's potential for aquaculture. Waikawa Fishing Company provided the breeding stock.

The research programme is also looking at ideas developed by Geoff and Steve, including ropeless pots for scampi where a wireless-linked vessel triggers an inflationary device to bring the pot to the surface. A sea water ‘habitat’ cage is being tested to target highly valued species without the risk to marine mammals.

We are now looking at whether a new vessel could use alternative energy to diesel.
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