1 Mar 2024

Government approves NZ's first open ocean salmon farm in Cook Strait

From Midday Report, 12:42 pm on 1 March 2024

Despite strong opposition from conservation groups, the government has given final approval for the country's first open ocean salmon farm in the Cook Strait.

New Zealand King Salmon confirmed the news in a share market announcement this morning, marking the end of a near five-year consent process for the project, known as Blue Endeavour.

The farm, set to be seven kilometres off Cape Lambert, will be a world first in farming the King Salmon species in the open ocean.

King Salmon chief executive Carl Carrington spoke to Charlie Dreaver.