[8 June/Stuff]

A Southland delegation are headed to a global aquaculture summit in Norway to look for ways to expand the industry in the region. The group which included members of the local industry steering group as well as NZ King Salmon group members attended the conference. The group was looking into offshore aquaculture in deep water and how it was being successfully commercialised in Norway. A near-term opportunity the group was focusing on was salmon marine farming. A spokesperson noted that while they were focusing on salmon this did not mean they were precluding other marine species, but they believed fin-fish offered the greatest potential for the value region. Salmon had been successfully farmed in Big Glory Bay since the 1990s. They added that although the region had experienced a number of false starts in aquaculture, Southland should still look for other ideas to develop the industry.