Aquaculture strategy for New Zealand

The Government’s aquaculture strategy sets objectives and actions to guide sustainable growth of New Zealand’s aquaculture industry.

A plan for world-leading aquaculture industry

The Aquaculture strategy, released in September 2019, sets outcomes for a sustainable, productive, resilient, and inclusive aquaculture industry. It identifies government agencies' objectives and actions towards New Zealand becoming world-leading in sustainable and innovative aquaculture.

The NZ Government's aquaculture strategy [PDF, 2.9 MB]

What the strategy aims to achieve

The strategy's objectives are to:

  • promote and assist implementation of strategic integrated coastal and catchment planning to ensure a healthy aquatic environment
  • partner with industry on a transition plan to reduce emissions and waste across the value chain
  • maximise the value of all farmed space through a strong research, innovation, and commercialisation system
  • develop world-leading frameworks for open ocean and land-based farming
  • support infrastructure needs to enable growth
  • strengthen biosecurity management
  • support the industry to adapt to climate change
  • build Māori and community knowledge about aquaculture and their input into growth opportunities
  • deliver the Crown's aquaculture settlement obligations in a manner that facilitates early investment in new opportunities
  • recognise Māori values and aspirations across the work programme.

How we will make things happen

Fisheries New Zealand will partner with other agencies to achieve these objectives. We will publish annual implementation plans setting key actions for the year and identifying which agency is responsible for each action.

2021 aquaculture implementation plan [PDF, 332 KB]

The strategy will be reviewed in 2025 to ensure it remains relevant to:

  • the industry's growth and development
  • evolving community aspirations
  • global change.

Find out more

Government media release: A plan for world-leading aquaculture industry (18 September 2019)

MPI funding support for aquaculture

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