New Zealand’s first marine farm for kingfish will be sited in the Marlborough Sounds, South Island.
Island Aquafarms Ltd has converted four salmon farm cages in Crail Bay to raise juvenile yellowtail kingfish, scientifically known as Seriola lalandi. The Ministry of Fisheries (Mfish) had deemed there to be no real difference between growing salmon and growing kingfish, so a new consent was not required.
The kingfish are being supplied by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) aquaculture facility at Bream Bay, which has been raising juvenile kingfish since May last year.
Kingfish sell for about $17kg in Sydney, but some can sell for hundreds of dollars each in Japan.