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Sustainable salmon farming goal of $5.2 million project

Staff writer |
The $5.2 million salmon farming project by New Zealand King Salmon aims to fully understand the specific dietary requirements of King salmon.

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To conduct the programme, New Zealand King Salmon has brought together a research group comprising Seafood Innovations Ltd, Nelson's Cawthron Institute, the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Danish feed producer BioMar.

The nutritional requirements of the rare King Salmon species - farmed predominantly in New Zealand - differ considerably from the common Atlantic salmon, trout and other salmon species farmed elsewhere in the world. The aim of the world-first study is to develop a high-quality, species-specific feed that improves vastly on the generic products currently available.

Currently, global suppliers produce fish feed based on environmental and economic considerations for Atlantic salmon but in the wild, King salmon have a different habitat, diet and nutritional requirements.

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