The scientific name for King salmon (also known as Chinook) is Oncorhynchus tshawytscha. King salmon are anadromous fish, meaning they adapt to life in fresh and sea water.
Production of farmed King salmon in 2020 was 15,512 tonnes (harvested greenweight) of which 4,823 tonnes was exported from New Zealand, earning an export revenue of $103.6 million.
King salmon take around 17 months to grow to market size. Depending on market requirements, the salmon are harvested at an average of approximately 4.0-5.0 kg.