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King Salmon Signals Move to Cook Strait

Monday's Marlborough Express contains the story on King Salmon's imminent move to establish deep sea cage farming in Cook Strait as signalled in my earlier post on the subject. It seems that Chief Executive Grant Rosewarne is confident that Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash will soon take a paper to Cabinet to provide the regulatory back-up to enable the necessary research to take place.

In the meantime , he remains adamant that their coastal farms must move to the outer Sounds because the the coastal water has simply become too warm (I wonder why!), and the depth insufficient to deal with the resulting polution. Slowly but surely, this company is being forced to admit the failure of its coastal aquaculture operation.

The longer term move to the Strait may be its long term saviour in the face of ever increasing realisation of just how damaging its operations have proven to be. Why the outer Sounds will be any better is not quite clear, other than through a great deal of wishful thinking. 

Rosewarne now appears committed to deep sea farming, and to have established links with much larger scale Norwegian operators who are currently installing huge structures off the Norwegian Coast.

What really tickles me is that manner which Rosewarne (and so many other innovators) no longer rely on private capital to fund research of this nature. Admittedly this is really high cost stuff, but I can not understand why Government in one form or another (Cawthorn Institute in this case!) is expected to fund this research while the beneficiaries in the form of shareholders in these magnificent ventures are seldom required to repay this investment funded by tax-payers (or rate-payers for that matter)

I look forward to wonderful success being achieved by King Salmon in moving their operation to the rough waters of Cook Straight, but that is not the only danger being faced - the Norwegians are having to deal with major problems with achieving oxygen levels needed by the fish at depth (50m plus). They simply do not thrive at these depths without artificial bolstering of these levels - or so recent reports indicate. And there remain huge worm infestation problems that are being faced by the entire northern hemisphere industry.

But better Rosewarne's company conducts its activities off-shore - preferably way off-shore.




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