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New Zealand's Sealord employing fishermen from Covid-19 hot spot Russia due to lack of 'qualified' Kiwis October 23,2020   |  Source: TVNZ

Sealord is using Russian crew for their deep water vessels over New Zealanders because of a lack of "trained and qualified fishers in New Zealand".

That's according to Sealord CEO Doug Paulin who spoke to TVNZ1's Breakfast following multiple Covid-19 infections among a group of Russian and Ukrainian fishermen bought into New Zealand to work on Sealord's fishing boats. They're in quarantine at Sudima Hotel in Christchurch.

In total 235 fishermen from Russia and Ukraine by have been brought into New Zealand by Sealord, Independent Fisheries and Maruha Nichiro.

Russia is the country with the fourth highest number of Covid-19 infections, more than 1,438,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. Ukraine has nearly 325,000 Covid-19 cases.

Paulin says two of the company's nine deep water vessels are crewed by Russians, with the vessels being "very technical in nature".

Paulin said the company has been using Russian crews for 25 years, "so those crews have been fishing in New Zealand waters a long period of time, and indeed, some of the crew that have been in the Sudima [Hotel] have been with us for 25 years".

The other seven vessels are operated with predominantly New Zealand crew, as well as "a few foreign crew members," Paulin says, adding that there "just aren't


© TVNZ Thu Oct 22 09:02:07 NZDT 2020

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