Latest update – August 13: In light of recent COVID-19 announcements, the seafood industry guidelines have been updated to align with the latest MPI guidance and advice.
A specific guide for seafood processors operating at alert levels 2 & 3 has been developed, as well as updates to the guides for the rest of the industry. The main point of difference from previous guides is the change in advice around the use of facemasks.
Below are a other useful links and resources:
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Aquaculture: an essential service
The wellbeing of our people is our number 1 priority during this time, and we will be doing everything in our power to protect them and their families from COVID-19.
We have implemented a raft of strict new measures across all operations to ensure we comply with all COVID-19 requirements.
In order to look after our animals and supply Kiwis with fresh, safe, nutritious seafood, aquaculture has been classed as an essential service to continue during the COVID-19 crisis. Our marine farmers and processors do not take this responsibility lightly.
It is not business as usual for us. All operations have been pared back to ensure that only critical on-farm work continues to maintain the welfare of our stock, and to produce natural and nutritious foods, which are available in supermarkets and direct delivery channels.
We are privileged/ honoured to be able to keep working for New Zealand while others in our communities are not so fortunate.
Guidance and protocols
Implications for moving from Level 4: Moving out of level 4 17-4-20_AQNZ
MPI guidance – MPI Letter and Guidance – March 31
Resource for employers – Resource for employers in essential services v3 30 Mar 20
Practical measures for essential aquaculture operations:Practical Measures For Essential Aquaculture Operations_AQNZ_8-4-20_v1.8
Checklist for Essential Aquaculture Operations – Checklist for Essential Aquaculture Operations -AQNZ – March 31
Guidance to Government financial support – Guidance on Government Financial Support 1 Apr 20
Guidance for seafood industry at level 4:Guidance for Seafood Industry at Level 4 v3 14 April 2020
Template employee declaration: Template Employee Declaration
Template contractor declaration: Template Contractor Declaration
Template staff health declaration: Template Staff Health Declaration
Infographic – symptoms of COVID_19 vs Flu and Cold:
PPE – guidelines and supplies
Face masks and PPE – NZ Uniforms has supplies available. Contact Shaun Crockford: 021 702 557 or email@example.com
Application portal for personal protective equipment (PPE) for non-health essential services: www.nxp.nz/personal-protective-equipment/
Key messages to staff: Staff key messages, March 27
Key messages to general public: General public key messages, March 27
Way of working resources:
Induction talk sheet – Ways of Working Induction Talking Sheet – April 1
4- hour cleaning checklist – Site Area Cleaning Checklist (4 hour rule) March 31
Site sign-in form: Site Area Sign-in Form – March 31
Site induction form: Site Area Induction Form (1 Pager for Attendees) (002)
Hand washing guide: How-to-wash-hands_A3
Government information and resources
www.covid19.govt.nz – The Government has established an online hub to provide an overview of essential information. (How to self-isolate, essential businesses, financial support etc).
www.business.govt.nz – The Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment has compiled this essential information for business affected by COVID-19 (Tax relief, financial support, economic response package and eligibility, exporters advice)
www.health.govt.nz – The Ministry of Health website provides the latest updates and public health advice on COVID-19
www.worksafe.govt.nz – Workplace preparedness for COVID-19
www.employment.govt.nz – Workplace guidance for employers and employees on COVID-19 – (working arrangements, employee scenarios)
www.covid19.nzte.govt.nz – A resource for New Zealand exporters to help them mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.
www.immigration.govt.nz – Information for migrant workers and employers