Aquaculture resources and research
Find resources and guidance for aquaculture farmers and councils, as well as research and reports.
Research and reports
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Life cycle assessment of mussels and oysters
Aquaculture New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries engaged thinkstep-anz to carry out a life cycle assessment (LCA) of farmed New Zealand Greenshell mussels and farmed Pacific oysters. The report was published in October 2021.
LCA of New Zealand mussels and oysters [PDF, 4.3 MB]
Summary of LCA of NZ mussels and oysters [PDF, 1.3 MB]
Tackling plastic waste in New Zealand aquaculture
Full report – Tackling plastic waste in aquaculture [PDF, 2.9 MB]
Open ocean aquaculture business case
The open ocean finfish aquaculture business case:
- outlines the potential for open ocean aquaculture (OOA) to help grow New Zealand's aquaculture sector, and
- provides information to support informed investment decisions.
The business case's findings show that growing finfish in OOA systems would be profitable. Many of the assumptions in the business case are highly conservative. Different investment approaches could improve the proposition.
The OOA industry is emerging very quickly. This means the cost of technology will reduce over time. This will make aquaculture possible in more exposed parts of the ocean. Fisheries New Zealand is working on future law changes and investment settings to enable sustainable OOA growth.
Open ocean finfish aquaculture: Business case [PDF, 13 MB]
Best management practice guidelines for salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds
Part 2: Water quality standards and monitoring protocol [PDF, 2.9 MB]
Investigation of salmon farming opportunities in Southland
This research looked at the feasibility of salmon farming in the North Arm of Port Pegasus, Stewart Island. The research was done in 2016 and 2017. It supported the Southland Regional Development Strategy, which has a focus on sustainable aquaculture in Southland. There are 5 reports.
The last report has a graphic supplement with maps and photos of the areas.
Read a summary of the 5 reports
The social value of a job [PDF, 742 KB]
How to improve your social licence to operate [PDF, 1 MB]