New Zealand King Salmon has installed the first new salmon farm in the Marlborough Sounds for nearly 10 years. The last salmon farm to be installed was at Clay Point in the Tory Channel in December 2007.
The new farm at Ngamahau is also located in the Tory Channel and will generate approximately 750 metric tonnes in the next year. With the first harvest scheduled for January 2017, the additional volume provided by the expansion will be vital in capitalising on strong international demand for premium Marlborough King Salmon and investing further in the regional economy. In future years, the site is capable of producing approximately 1500 tonnes.
The pens for the Ngamahau farm are being installed at the moment and the barge will arrive on site within the next two weeks.
A new farm will also be installed at Waitata Reach in the outer Pelorus Sound in late November with a capacity of up to 1500 metric tonnes, whilst the final new site at Richmond in the Pelorus Sound is expected to become operational in 2017, depending on market demand.