A need to re-think equipment for open ocean farming

The scale of damage done to Tasman Bay mussel farms in the July storm is causing one major company to say there needs to be a re-think of whether technology and equipment designed for sheltered waters can cope with such events in more open seas.

MacLab’s GM Aquaculture Scott Gillanders wasn’t too worried when the July 18 storm hit. MacLab’s 277ha farm off Motueka had come through the 4m swells of Cyclone Gita in February 2018 without much damage.

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Scott onboard the Vanguard in quieter times.
Factory Work

Location: Nelson / Tasman

Job Type: Full Time

Duration: Permanent

Division: Factory

MacLab leads the way in the nutraceutical market. We use sustainable practices to farm mussels in the top of the South for processing into high value products at our modern factory in Tahunanui. Our culture provides a great place to work where our people are valued, work is enjoyable and rewarding. As we ramp up our operations, we are seeking enthusiastic people to join our team in our Nelson factory.

We’re Looking for People Who Are:

  • Keen to learn new skills;
  • Have a good level of physical fitness;
  • Reliable with good work ethics;
  • Team players with a positive attitude;
  • NZ resident or have a valid NZ work visa;


We operate 24/7 with 3 shifts per day and offer flexibility around days and hours worked. Both permanent / fixed term and full-time / part-time positions are available.

Why Work for Us?

  • Attractive remuneration;
  • Great working conditions with a focus on health and safety;
  • Excellent on-going training provided;
  • Variety of work within a friendly team;
  • Excellent career opportunity.


If you are keen to be a valued team member of a successful company, please submit your application online or email to jobs@maclab.co.nz with Factory Work as a reference.