[6 February/ NZ Farmer]

New Zealand’s largest king salmon farmer, New Zealand King Salmon, announced that 30 jobs would be created in Picton next year, even if the Ministry for Primary Industries proposal to move six King Salmon farms to higher-flow areas does not progress. Chief Executive, Grant Rosewarne, said that even if the farms were to stay in the Marlborough Sounds, the company would relocate its primary processing line to Picton in 2018. In addition to the processing line shift, if the farms were relocated, the company’s aquaculture head office would be expanded, along with a relocation of the bait and berley facility to Marlborough. The company also wanted to establish a nutraceuticals processing facilities and fertiliser processing facilities in Picton or Blenheim. Rosewarne expressed that if the salmon farms were not moved, King Salmon would continue its product plans on a smaller scale.