[15 May/Radio NZ]

New Zealand King Salmon is seeking a government grant of $116,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund to help devise economically valuable ways to deal with thousands of tonnes of dead fish and fish faeces. Mortalities are collected daily and transferred via road from Picton to Havelock North to the landfill in Blenheim. Warm temperatures in the Marlborough Sounds were the main reason for the deaths. The landfill use was not sustainable and the volume of waste could be too high for current landfill sites. The company will also contribute $175,000 of its own money. King Salmon Chief Executive, Grant Rosewarne, said they could get by without the funding, but it would help them achieve a greener New Zealand sooner. A King Salmon spokesperson said the new government was clear that it wanted greener and cleaner companies, which is the ambition they were trying to fulfil.