Aquaculture strategy for New Zealand

The Government's aquaculture strategy aims to help sustainably grow the industry in New Zealand. Find out more about its objectives.

About the Aquaculture Strategy

In 2019, the Government released a strategy for developing aquaculture in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Government Aquaculture Strategy [PDF, 2.9 MB]

The aim is to make the industry more:

  • sustainable
  • productive
  • resilient
  • inclusive.

The strategy aims to identify government agencies' objectives and actions towards New Zealand becoming world-leading in sustainable and innovative aquaculture.

Sustainability objectives

  • 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

Productivity objectives

  • Maximise 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.

Resilience objectives

  • Strengthen biosecurity management.
  • Support the industry to adapt to climate change.

Inclusivity objectives

  • 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

Working with other agencies

We will partner with other government agencies to achieve these objectives, including:

  • Department of Conservation
  • The Ministry for the Environment
  • Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

How we will make things happen

The agencies responsible for the strategy will publish annual implementation plans. These will set key actions for the year and identify which agency is responsible for each action.

2021 aquaculture implementation plan [PDF, 343 KB]

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

  • the industry's growth and development
  • evolving community interests and desires
  • global changes that affect aquaculture.

Find out more

Media release: Government delivers a plan for world-leading aquaculture industry – Beehive

Fishing and aquaculture funding and support

Who to contact

If you have questions about the aquaculture strategy, email

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