New Zealand seafood giant Sealord has appointed Moana New Zealand Director Glenn Hawkins to the company's board.

A chartered accountant and experienced business leader, Hawkins built the largest Maori-owned professional services firm in New Zealand. He has a history of working with organizations with a Maori connection across industries including agri-business, forestry, fisheries, horticulture, and media.

Hawkins will chair Sealord’s Audit Committee.

Based in Nelson, New Zealand, Sealord is equally owned by Maori seafood harvester and exporter Moana New Zealand and Japanese seafood company Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui).

Sealord's wetfish factory processes hoki from May to September and other key species such as orange roughy, dory and ling throughout the year.

The company suffered a NZD 5 million (€3.1 million/$3.2 million) loss in its Nelson wetfish processing factory this season as New Zealand's labor shortage continues to take a toll on the seafood sector and other industries.

With fishing operations in New Zealand, Australia and Mauritius, Sealord is one of the largest seafood companies in the southern hemisphere and employs more than 1,000 people in New Zealand.

The company also owns salmon farmer Petuna Aquaculture and Sealord King Reef, both in Australia.