Scampi is a sweet-tasting delicacy prised from deep waters off
New Zealand’s South Island. Waikawa Fishing Company has been catching the slender New Zealand lobster for several years and marketing it under its Connors Catch brand.

Few New Zealanders are lucky enough to eat scampi. Most of Connors Catch scampi is sold into the Chinese market. When President Xi Jingping lunched in Auckland in 2014, the chef insisted Connors Catch scampi was on the menu. Recognising unsatisfied demand for scampi, a $7.8m New Zealand Government grant was given in 2014 to Waikawa Fishing Company to work with a leading research organisation, the Cawthron Institute. The money will fund six years of research on scampi to test if the species can be grown commercially. The money will also test other ideas developed by Waikawa Fishing Company founders, brothers Geoff and Steve Connor.

A special hatchery for scampi has been developed at Cawthron’s Nelson facility – the first in the world.

They have always been innovative and wanting to work sustainably to produce high quality seafood. The two men began fishing together in 1981 and have patiently built their business to what it is today. The brothers are supported by their wives Liz and Christine, as well as other family members. Christine’s eye-catching design for the company’s Connors Catch scampi export carton won a printing and packaging award in 2013. 

The company runs three fishing vessels from the pretty port of Picton at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Around 3000 tonnes of fish - school shark, Ling, Bluenose and Groper are caught as well as crayfish (lobster) and scampi. These are sold in New Zealand and to export markets. 

Waikawa Fishing Company is proudly committed to quality products, innovation and sustainability.

If you wish to inquire about Connors Catch scampi or any other Waikawa Fishing Company product, please email:
or telephone +64 3 578 5224
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