New leader for seafood firm's $28m plan

Last updated 05:00 11/05/2013

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A Compnay with $28 million to invest in seafood research over the next seven years has hooked itself a new general manager.

Mike Mandeno will take up the role at Seafood Innovations, a joint venture research company of Seafood New Zealand and Plant and Food Research, in late June.

Seafood Innovations aimed to expand the seafood export industry by increasing the efficiency of returns from the present seafood harvest by devising ways to ensure every part of a fish is used.

Mandeno is at present employed by Nelson's Cawthron Institute, a coastal and freshwater sustainable management firm, and was responsible for New Zealand's first aquaculture sector research strategy.

He has experience with both Sanford and New Zealand King Salmon, and holds a masters degree in marine science from Otago University.

Seafood Innovations chairman Dave Sharp said Mandeno had a wealth of relevant seafood industry experience.

"Mike will play the lead role in achieving our goal of investing $28 million of industry and government money in new seafood industry research projects over the next seven years," Sharp said.

Mandeno said he saw tremendous opportunities to add value to New Zealand's seafood industry.

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