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The Seafood Standards Council (SSC) is an official committee of Seafood New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries.  Its primary focus is food safety and market access for seafood produced in New Zealand.

The SSC acts as an advisory council to industry and Government, it is a recognised technical authority in the following areas;

  • Setting standards for seafood safety
  • Specifying competence and diligence requirements
  • Identifying training requirements and facilitating the provision of training
  • Developing and negotiating strategies for access to overseas markets
  • Providing policy advice to Government and industry organisations on seafood safety

Seafood Standards Council Representation and Membership


The Seafood Standards Council is made up of the following;

Other MPI staff and industry observers are regular attendees.  

Representative Applications open

Industry representation of the SSC is due to be reviewed and applications are being sought.

If you wish to apply, you can find details and the application form here.

Applications close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 2 March 2022.


The Seafood Standards Council operates a members only section for industry specific information.   If you would like to request access to the member only section, you can complete an application form by clicking here.

Seafood Standards Council Meetings

The Seafood Standards Council meets approximately 3 - 4 times per year.  These meeting are usually held at the Seafood New Zealand office in Wellington.