The search for a missing crew member from a Sealord vessel off the coast of Wairarapa has been suspended due to deteriorating weather conditions today.
Sealord said they realised yesterday morning the crew member did not report for duty, and reported this to authorities immediately.
The crew member was not on active duty at the time of disappearance and the reason for the disappearance is still unknown at this stage, said the company.
Four vessels were sent out and involved in the search last night, however, due to deteriorating weather conditions this morning the search has been stopped until further notice.
A decision will be made later on whether to resume the search.