22 May 2020

Coronavirus: Live lobster exports resume

From Morning Report, 8:51 am on 22 May 2020

New Zealand's live lobster industry is bouncing back after it was one of the first hit by Covid-19.

The industry is worth around $320 million annually, much of it sold to China.

Back on 24 January that all came to a halt when China shut down Chinese New Year celebrations and shut restraurants as the coronavirus spread.

Now flights of live lobsters exports have resumed to China.

Among those shipping the seafood again is the Fiordland Lobster Company.

Country Life producer Cosmo Kentish-Barnes went to their Rolleston depot and spoke to its General manager of Sales and Marketing, Andrew Harvey.