Aquaculture resources

A list of publications and guidance material for aquaculture farmers and councils, as well as research, reports, and education resources.

Setting up a marine farm

Administration of aquaculture decisions – fact sheet [PDF, 881 KB]
Aquaculture agreements – fact sheet [PDF, 463 KB]
Arbitration – fact sheet [PDF, 725 KB]
Biosecurity handbook for farmers [PDF, 7.2 MB]
Guide to establishing and operating a marine farm [PDF, 982 KB]
Rules for farming Undaria [PDF, 521 KB]
Undue adverse effects test on fishing – fact sheet [PDF, 430 KB]

Marine aquaculture management – council guidance

Aquaculture planning and consenting [PDF, 1 MB]
Managing demand in the coastal marine area [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Aquaculture regulation-making power [PDF, 766 KB]
Re-consenting aquaculture [PDF, 846 KB]
Mechanisms for managing allocation of coastal space [PDF, 1.7 MB]
Guide to assessing the effects of aquaculture activities on fisheries resources [PDF, 779 KB]

Setting up a land-based farm

Biosecurity handbook for farmers [PDF, 7.2 MB]
Guidelines for applying for a fish-farm licence to farm fish in land-based facilities [PDF, 182 KB]
Notice specifying fish species which may be farmed [PDF, 83 KB]

Other agency support for aquaculture

Department of Conservation
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Community Environment Fund – Ministry for the Environment
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Te Puni Kōkiri website

Research and reports

Best Management Practice guidelines for salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds

Tackling plastic waste in New Zealand aquaculture reports:

Technical advice on containment of tetraploid Pacific oysters [PDF, 197 KB]
Social and community effects of aquaculture: Southland case study [PDF, 1.2 MB]
The social value of a job [PDF, 742 KB]
How to improve your social licence to operate
Public perceptions of New Zealand's aquaculture industry [PDF, 2 MB]
Comparison of international regulations and best management for marine farming [PDF, 1.4 MB]
Experimental aquaculture:

Education resources

Aquaculture overview [PDF, 808 KB]
Aquaculture resources [PDF, 904 KB]
Aquaculture scenario card [PDF, 138 KB]
Aquaculture student guide [PDF, 181 KB]
Aquaculture teacher guides [PDF, 222 KB]

Open ocean aquaculture

The "Open Ocean Finfish Aquaculture" business case outlines the potential for open ocean aquaculture (OOA) to contribute to the growth of New Zealand's aquaculture sector. It also provides information to support informed investment decisions. The business case's findings show that growing finfish in OOA systems would be a profitable commercial opportunity. Many of the assumptions in the business case are highly conservative and different investment approaches could improve the proposition. OOA is a rapidly emerging industry so the cost of technology will reduce over time and enable aquaculture in more exposed places. Fisheries NZ is continuing work on the future regulatory and investment settings to enable sustainable growth of open ocean aquaculture.

Open Ocean Finfish Aquaculture: Business Case [PDF, 13 MB]

How investors can turn the tide on aquaculture –

Investigation of salmon farming opportunities in Southland

During 2016 and 2017 research into the feasibility of salmon farming in the North Arm of Port Pegasus, Stewart Island was undertaken. This study supported the Southland Regional Development Strategy in looking at sustainable aquaculture in Southland. Five reports have been prepared to support the initiative:

Effects on the seabed [PDF, 11 MB]
Water flow and potential effects on water quality [PDF, 18 MB]
Indicative business case [PDF, 1.6 MB]
NZ sea lion interactions with aquaculture [PDF, 3.8 MB]
Natural Character, landscape and visual amenity effects [PDF, 11 MB]
Natural Character, landscape and visual amenity effects – graphic supplement [PDF, 12 MB]
Summary of the reports [PDF, 1 MB]

Find out more on the Southland Regional Development Strategy

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