Primary Sector

'Very nice eating': could sockeye beat king salmon to our plates?

Oliver Lewis
Fri, 28 Jan 2022

'Very nice eating': could sockeye beat king salmon to our plates?
Sockeye salmon in the Twizel River. Soon they could be swimming in pens. (Image: Fish and Game) .
Oliver Lewis
Fri, 28 Jan 2022
Decades after it was first farmed in New Zealand, a premium salmon species – once on the brink of local extinction – may be making a comeback.Last December, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) approved an exemption for Mount Cook Alpine Salmon allowing them to farm sockeye salmon.Chinook, or king salmon, is the only type currently farmed in NZ.A spokesman for the company said the business, based in the Mackenzie district, was just exploring the option and it was too early to comment.However, the move signals a possible return...

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