Okains Bay


Today, Okains Bay Longline Fishing Company is one of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned longline fishing companies, consisting of a core team of five ground staff and 16 crew members aboard their fishing vessel – the Kawatea. The Okains Bay team is dedicated to providing their customers with the highest quality fish product.

Looking after our people

Being an island nation, fishing has long been a way of life for New Zealanders providing both sustenance and employment. 

Fishing is hard work for all the staff involved. The team is a family who are looked after well and are provided with comprehensive risk training, support and advice to keep them safe at sea and on shore.

Staff wages are directly aligned with market returns. This means staff are able to be paid significantly more than other fishing companies. This results in a stable, happy workforce, with positive consequences for their families and communities. 

Staff are offered an additional education grant on top of their normal salary which contributes to their children’s education costs.

Global Retail Presence

Okains Bay are proud to supply our premium fish products to a discerning audience through one of the largest global supermarket chains. Our unique offering and brand story has been a huge part of our global growth.

On board the Kawatea

About Longlining

Like his ancestors, Greg harvests fish with hooks and bait. This traditional method of fishing, known as longlining, has a lower impact on the seabed and is a more ethical way of catching fish than other commonly used methods of ocean fishing.

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The Kawatea docked at Lyttelton Harbour


Sustainability is at the heart of how Okains Bay Longline Fishing Company operates.

The Kawatea is fuelled by a clean renewable biodiesel blend that has lower exhaust emissions and breaks down in water. Further emissions are reduced through contributions and partnering programmes with native vegetation regeneration initiatives within New Zealand.

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