[3 June/Stuff]

New Zealand King Salmon sought stock from outside of New Zealand waters after demand exceeded supply. Chief Executive, Grant Rosewarne, warned the move could be permanent as New Zealand salmon supplies suffered in the face of static stock numbers. The company faced shortfalls of between 20 and 30 tonnes a week. Mr Rosewarne blamed increased demand, shortage of space for farming, and warmer than usual water temperatures. It imported salmon from Norway and Canada in April. The imported salmon would be sold under the Southern Ocean brand which would be modified to reflect the change or origin. New Zealand was the world’s largest exporter of king salmon and is the only salmon species farmed in New Zealand. They operated eight sea farms in the Marlborough Sounds. This year was described as the most difficult farming year on record.