“Salmon farming is an industry we can be proud of and at the same time be excited about for our future. ”
New Zealand’s salmon farming industry has evolved from a group of innovative pioneers, to a professional, specialised and quality food production sector focused on environmental sustainability, food safety and value added marketing.
King salmon were introduced to New Zealand from Northern California as a game fish in the late 19th Century, however wasn’t until the 1980’s that farming salmon began.
Currently our King salmon is exported to 26 countries, and readily available at local supermarkets and restaurants around New Zealand. Half of all salmon farmed in New Zealand is eaten locally – much of it served in family kitchens and at backyard barbecues.
The salmon industry generated millions in revenue and provides employment for hundreds of Kiwis. It has tremendous potential and new water space for additional farms will create much needed regional jobs both in aquaculture and for activities that supply the sector, as well as generate significant more export earnings by continuing to produce some of the world’s best seafood.
We are committed to sustainable growth and responsible management of our resources.
Salmon farming is an industry we can be proud of and at the same time be excited about for our future.