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“We’re not in a rush to grow bigger, or for our fish to grow faster. We’re not driven by profit or productivity. We keep our stocking densities low so that each pen is 99% water and 1% fish.”

DUNCAN BATES, FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER


Our care for our King Salmon is at the heart of everything we do. We use individual circles with very low density (around 1% fish) to ensure the best fish health. To preserve our marine environment we never use antifouling chemicals on our nets or even our boats. Our King Salmon here in Akaroa are naturally free from diseases and parasites so we never use antibiotics or pesticides. On the water we don’t use artificial lighting – which means a smaller King Salmon but one with a natural life cycle whilst minimising the impact on Akaroa’s natural ecosystems. We’re the smallest ocean-based King Salmon farmer on the planet as our focus on quality over quantity is what drives us.

We only use the highest quality feed ingredients to ensure the health and taste of our salmon. We never incorporate hormones, GMO’s, antibiotics or ethoxyquin in our feed. Our specially formulated feed allows us to be certified Halal. We were the first King Salmon farmer in the world to replace wild caught fish oil with farmed and fermented algae oil – this means less wild catch and a guarantee of purity. This initiative saw us receive the “Future Innovation” award at the NZ Seafood Stars in 2023.

“This is what we stand for. Raising craft salmon, and doing it in a way that New Zealand can be proud of. It’s farming the old fashioned way. Because good things take time.”

DUNCAN BATES, FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER