Ruakaka. A new aquaculture development strategy is to be launched to see aquaculture in Northland develope into a $300 mill. industry employing more than 700 extra workers in less than two decades.
The ‘Northland Aquaculture Development Strategy’ has been officially launched by the Minister for Primary Industries, David Carter, at NIWA’s Bream Bay Aquaculture Park on Friday 09 November.
The strategy has been developed over the past 12 months by the Northland Aquaculture Development Group (NADG). The Northland Aquaculture Development Group’s newly-elected chairman, Whangarei-based Ngati Whatua CEO Allan Pivac, says the Government has already set a goal for New Zealand to have a $1 billion aquaculture industry by 2025.
Mr Pivac says the soon-to-be-launched strategy has been developed as a high level plan, with the actual detail to be worked out by the species working groups. All five working groups are currently at varying stages of developing sub-strategies for their respective areas. The wider NADG wants to see Northland play a leading role in New Zealand’s aquaculture development through the use of innovation and technology. To that end, farmed kingfish are being promoted as one of the potential stars in the North’s future aquaculture industry.
The group envisages development of a successful yellowtail kingfish industry on land and at sea which it’s tipping to be earning as much as $230mill. annually by 2030. Much of the initial work to develop this resource is being done out of the Bream Bay Aquaculture Park, which already boasts a large hatchery and nursery, a brood stock of yellowtail and produces kingfish fingerlings for local and global markets.
Utilising technology and securing strong support networks is another key element, as is maintaining a strong focus on research and development and being innovative in terms of species, products and technology.
Other key target will be securing resource consents for both land and sea areas and funding by preparing an investment proposal and working with the market.
Source: Aquaculture New Zealand