Aquaculture

Aquaculture experts drawn to Nelson for open ocean expo

[06 August/Stuff NZ] Senior scientist from Plant and Food Research (PFR) Dr Suzy Black reported at the Open Oceans Aquaculture Symposium this week that researchers are beginning to look into mobile aquaculture farms, allowing them to adapt to seasonal changes and to avoid severe weather events. The research is based on PFR’s successful Mobile Harvest...

Blue economy focus of Cawthron symposium

[04 August/Scoop] Cawthron Institute is hosting its inaugural Open Oceans Aquaculture Symposium in Nelson this week to discuss ways to broaden existing sheltered water aquaculture with open ocean aquaculture to revolutionise the country’s aquaculture industry. Experts from Norway, Germany, US, Chile and Australia will be at the symposium to help explain how aquaculture can help...

Massive illegal Bay of Islands seafood haul shocks fisheries officers

[23 July / The Country] Northland Fishery Officers caught a 66 year old Russell Man with 97 flounder and 677 shucked oysters packed in punnets ready for commercial sale. The amount caught was more than three times the daily limit for both flounder and oysters and is now facing court. The Ministry for Primary Industries...

Marine farm extension granted in Te Whanganui/Port Underwood’s western arm

(14 July/Stuff) Allan Tester and Stephen Cross have been granted permission to extend their 7.29ha longline farm in the Marlborough Sounds by another 1.265ha, despite protest form neighbours. The marine farm grows green and blue shelled mussels, scallops, dredge oysters, seaweed and algae. The extension would see an extra 60 tonnes of mussel be produced...

King Salmon seeks consent to farm in Cook Strait next year

(14 July/Stuff) New Zealand King Salmon has submitted an application to begin salmon farming in the Cook Strait. CEO Grant Rosewarne reported that in research conducted earlier this year they found conditions in the strait to be better than they had initially expected. The location of the farm that the company is considering is completely...

Foodstuffs secures Leigh Fisheries

(3 July/Supermarket News) Foodstuffs have announced that they have acquired New Zealand seafood company, Leigh Fisheries. Foodstuffs CEO, Chris Quinn commented the purchase was completed with their customers in mind and the sustainability of the company playing a huge part in their decision. Leigh Fisheries is a supplier of longline chilled fish that holds one...

Ban on pāua fishing considered near Dunedin

(10 July/The Country) Fisheries New Zealand is considering putting a temporary ban on pāua fishing on beaches north of Dunedin. The ban will be lifted recreationally once the species has recovered, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said in a statement. The reason for the proposed change was due to the declining numbers in the area over...

Food poisoning warning as Coromandel mussel growing area closed

[22 June/Stuff NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries is warning that all mussels should be cooked for consumption after food safety concerns due to an increase of reports of food poisoning from commercially grown Coromandel mussels. As a result, a Coromandel mussel growing area has been closed as New Zealand Food Safety further investigates the...

The Beyond Meat of fish is coming

[17 June/The Country] Salmon has become the guinea pig of the seas when it comes to using technology to supplement falling fish populations. Now it’s moved onto land – and into the laboratory. Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies is hoping its genetically modified “AquAdvantage” version of Atlantic salmon, which it says grows twice as fast, will soon...

Artificial intelligence in aquaculture may be smart key to top of the south growth

[15 June/Stuff NZ] The team behind the Nelson Artificial Intelligence Institute are working on potentially world-leading aquaculture and marine projects, including understanding and hopefully stopping whale strandings. The team want to use AI to enhance the Nelson region’s natural aquaculture advantage and turn the top of the South Island into a centre of excellence. In...

Bye-bye boat visits when marine farms get sensor-ed

[21 April/Stuff NZ] Plans are in place to put a sensor on each of the 600 marine farms in the Marlborough Sounds. The sensors are being implemented for live environmental data to be available for the Marlborough District Council ensuring farms stay compliant and regulators can operate remotely. Sensors would also be attached to harbourmaster...

Oyster shortage: Big demand for ‘Bluffies’ sends prices skyrocketing

[08 March/The Country] Oyster license holders for the Foveaux Strait have agreed to limit their catch to 7.5 million oysters, half of the regulated total allowable catch of 15 million. This limit has increased the price of the famous wild oysters. The season opened on 1 March but has only properly started recently due to...

Sanford shipments delayed at China ports

[15 February /Radio NZ] Sanford Chief Customer Officer, Andre Gargiulo, said that several of its fresh salmon shipments have faced delays when being cleared through Chinese ports in the past month and that local authorities have not provided reasoning for this. The understanding is that other seafood exporters have also faced similar issues with exports...

Looming heatwave a worry for Marlborough Sounds marine farmers

[25 January/Stuff] Marine farmers are “at the mercy of mother nature” as a looming heatwave threatens to lift water temperatures for a second successive year. National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) are predicting temperatures to rise across the country over the coming week, impacting sea-surface temperatures. The warning comes after New Zealand King...

Is it on your Xmas day menu? King salmon recalled

[23 December/NZ Herald] New Zealand King Salmon issued a recall notice for its Wood Roasted Salmon Pepper & Spices product. The Salmon is sold under the Regal brand. This comes as a result of the batch’s packaging having the incorrect use-by-date of December 10 2019 instead of January 10 2019. The company issued a statement...

King Salmon to apply for third monitoring site

[13 December/Otago Daily Times] New Zealand King Salmon proposes to seek approval for a third monitoring site as it seeks to test the viability for offshore fish farms in Otago. The Otago Regional Council intends to process the consents itself, instead of calling in the Conservation Minister. The company had applied for consents in Otago...

NZ King Salmon awarded at NZ International Business Awards

[9 November/Stuff] New Zealand King Salmon has been named among the country’s leading export companies at New Zealand’s International Business Awards winning the Inspiring Preference for NZ award. Judge Rebecca Smith said King Salmon won the category for their commitment to sharing its story right through the supply chain. The company has been taking its...

Leading salmon exporter recognises international culinary excellence

[17 October/Stuff] New Zealand King Salmon announced the winners of its supreme Ora King Awards to leading chefs from New Zealand, Australia, North America, and Japan. Salmon infused with a drizzle of Disney, Irish megalithic art, or a homage to late chef Anthony Bourdain were just a few of the many creations. The event was...

Kingfish farm a step closer after iwi gets nod to apply for consent in Hauraki Gulf

[28 September/Stuff] The North Island’s first offshore fish farm was possible after permission was granted to apply for resource consents to farm kingfish. Waikato Regional Council granted   Pare Hauraki Kaimoana authorisation to apply for consents. It would occupy 240 hectares in the Firth of Thames. The space was around 10 kilometres offshore from Coromandel Town....

King Salmon showcases giant tyee salmon, records jump in profit

[29 August/Stuff] King Salmon Chief Executive, Grant Rosewarne, said its launch of super-sized tyee salmon was a success although production remained small. The company had only been able to harvest around 10 per month given the salmon required more space and nutrition than regular salmon, and would grow to around 13 kilograms, being double the...

Oyster farmers still waiting for millions in MPI compensation

[12 August/NZ Herald] The Ministry for Primary Industries has paid out less than $1 million of compensation a year after it ordered the destruction of millions of Stewart Island farmed oysters. Business loss claims were understood to top $100 million. MPI said two out of 40 claims had been settled in full, and three partially....

Sir William joins board

[12 July/Rural Life] Former Prime Minister, Sir William English, would join the board of Mt Cook Alpine Salmon. He had been appointed effective from the start of August. Chairman, Sir Jim Bolger, said his recent retirement from politics gave him the opportunity to work in a fast growing company such as this one. Mr English...

NZ King Salmon expects a record result despite poor farming conditions

[6 June/NBR] New Zealand King Salmon just went through its worst summer, but still expected to reach the top end of its profit guidance. Chief Executive, Grant Rosewarne, said even though they had their most difficult farming year ever, the company was still headed towards a record financial result. He noted it was a chance...

Southland Aquaculture group looking into offshore aquaculture at conference in Norway

 [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...