Our Vessel

Kawatea

Our Vessel

The Kawatea name refers to the arrival of daylight, the dawn, the horizon of a new day.

It opens the doors to knowledge and the thought to pursue the course for the blossoming of the fruits, the seeds of life. They flourish with the dawn and daylight.

The ability to see brings hope to those who seek hope. It gives hope to develop for those who seek development.

The Kawatea is a 38 metre bottom longline fishing vessel which is home to a dedicated crew of 16 who spend six weeks at sea during each trip out in the Southern Ocean.

The vessel is packed with facilities and features that enables harvesting to occur in the most sustainable and ethical way possible.

01
Biodiesel

The Kawatea runs on a blend of sustainable, renewable biodiesel fuel, made from used canola oil.

Biodiesel greatly reduces C02 particulate emissions by up to 50% compared to normal diesel.

Along with outstanding environmental credentials, biodiesel is also much safer and easier to store.

02
Bird Protection

The Kawatea is equipped with a double tori line system which is deployed over the stern of the vessel during hook setting. The Kawatea is also the only vessel in New Zealand equipped with a Sea Bird Saver laser light. Both methods combine to provide an industry leading means of deterring birds from swooping and potentially becoming caught in the longline.

03
Carbon Neutral

The goal for Okains Bay Longline Fishing Company is to continuously minimise their impact on the environment. To get there, the company strives to make decisions in every area of the business that is best for the planet. 

Waikene Station joined the Okains Bay Seafood group in 2010. The property is a 5,500-acre high country station and is a unique carbon farm where native New Zealand trees are supported to regenerate. As well as this, the farm is home to 1,100 beehives used to produce pure Manuka honey from the abundant wild bush. 

04
Zero Waste

There is a deep respect for the fish harvested, recognising that they are a gift from the sea. Through constant improvement and innovation in the way fish are processed the business aims to use every part of the fish. The business has developed a range of products, including pet food supplements that enable the full potential of each fish to be realised.

Our Crew

The crew is the lifeblood of Okains Bay Longline Fishing Company and the Kawatea. It takes a special kind of person to brave the harsh conditions of the Southern Ocean for up to six weeks at a time.

This is deeply respected and the crew is well looked after in return for their efforts. It is a very rare occurrence to have staff turnover, with most of the current team having been with the business for over 10 years.

Charlie Priest – Captain of the Kawatea

Charlie Priest – Captain of the Kawatea

Andrew Grey – Captain of the Kawatea

Andrew Grey – Captain of the Kawatea

Dee Mako – Shore Manager of Okains Bay Seafood

Dee Mako – Shore Manager of Okains Bay Seafood

Phillip Roth – Director on the Board of Okains Bay Seafood

Phillip Roth – Director on the Board of Okains Bay Seafood

We have refined a longstanding traditional method of fishing down to a fine art.

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