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Salmon Farming in NZ

New Zealand
Innovation & Technology
Abhishek Dudeja
Published Oct 1, 2020
There are three species of salmon in New Zealand: Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tschawytscha, Sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka, and Atlantic salmon Salmo salar.
Of the three species, only the Chinook salmon (also known as “Quinnat” or “King salmon”) is successfully farmed on a significant scale in New Zealand.
New Zealand has no native salmon or trout and all the salmonids were originally imported as ova. Although there is a very significant recreational trout fishery in New Zealand often sustained by hatchery output, farming of trout in New Zealand is illegal.
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