NZ King Salmon to close farms due to rising sea temperatures 25 May 2022
The country’s largest salmon producer says it is being forced to close farms and let go of staff due to warmer water temperatures brought on by climate change.
New Zealand King Salmon will fallow three farms in the Pelorus Sound by next summer, with one kept to run trials.
It comes after a summer blighted by unusually high fish mortalities.
Between December and February, trucks from Havelock and Picton made 160 trips to the Blenheim landfill, dumping 1269 tonnes of dead fish and waste.
February alone saw 632 tonnes of fish waste dumped, more than seven times the 90 tonnes that were dumped in February 2021 and up from the 194 tonnes dumped in February 2020.
New Zealand King Salmon chief executive officer Grant Rosewarne said while the Pelorus sites were suitable for nine months of the year, they were now too warm to farm through summer.
Read the full story by Samantha Gee- Nelson Marlborough reporter – here on RNZ