Our Farming

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Our King salmon are raised in one of the cleanest rearing environments in the world. From the crystal-clear waters flowing from Te Waikoropupu Springs in Takaka, Golden Bay, to the majestic marine environment that is the Marlborough Sounds.


We operate three freshwater facilities across the South Island of New Zealand. These freshwater sites support our broodstock, hatchery and smolt production.


Our seafarms are located in the Marlborough Sounds, at the Top of the South Island. They are situated in the Tory Channel, Queen Charlotte Sound and Pelorus Sound.

King salmon lifecycle

Our farming operations follow the natural lifecycle of King salmon and enable year-round production.


Egg is fertilised and develops into an Eyed Ova



Salmon hatch from their eggs as Alevin



Alevin develop into Fry, then transfer to outside races to mature into Parr and then Smolt



Smolt are transferred to seafarms



Smolt grow into adults





Robust, tried and tested systems

Each component of our farm management strategies, processes and techniques has been tried and tested over the 35 years we have been in operation. We have comprehensive operating and training manuals and procedures in place, in addition to management plans which are regularly reviewed and updated.

of the Marlborough Sounds’ 61,034 hectares are occupied by our seafarms

Our footprint

Salmon farming is one of the most efficient forms of animal food production in the world. And with our seafarms occupying just 0.03% of the Marlborough Sounds, it’s safe to say we’re treading lightly.

Fish welfare

Our salmon are treated to the highest standards of care with fish health and wellness a priority. We employ an expert team to support our production team in implementing our Fish Health Management Plan, which aims to minimise disease and physical damage within our stock. This is achieved through:

Good Husbandry

Routine Health Monitoring

Early Investigation

Rapid Response

Ongoing Philosophy of Continual Improvement

What do we feed our salmon?

The formulation of our feed changes to meet the dietary requirements of our King salmon throughout their lifecycle.

Open ocean farming

We believe that the open ocean has many opportunities for salmon farming. Open ocean farming has a range of benefits including improved biosecurity, a reduction in the effects of seasonal temperature changes, improved fish welfare and reduced environmental and community impacts.