Our Farming

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.

Freshwater

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

Seawater

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.

1

Egg is fertilised and develops into an Eyed Ova

Freshwater

2

Salmon hatch from their eggs as Alevin

Freshwater

3

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

Freshwater

4

Smolt are transferred to seafarms

Seawater

5

Smolt grow into adults

Seawater

6

Harvest

Seawater

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

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.

Farm relocation

We are working positively with the Government and local iwi to progress a plan to relocate some of our farms in the Marlborough Sounds to sites with higher-flows. If granted, this will allow us to improve biosecurity, reduce fish mortality and provide more salmon to our markets.

Relocation could result in 230 new jobs and $23.2 million GDP