[Aquaculture /Radio New Zealand Business]

Two sites of the east coast of New Zealand have been earmarked for open-ocean research by the aquaculture industry.  The sites offshore from Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty and Pegasus Bay in Canterbury will be used to trial technology in open ocean conditions.  The project, being led by the Cawthron Institute, is a significant stage in making a planned offshore aquaculture industry viable.  The project is developing concepts to enable researchers to match various animals to the environment.  The government has committed $6 million of funding to the project over five years with Sanford and Whakatohea Mussels also providing resources.