Sanford pushes for trout farming
Fisheries company Sanford is lobbying the Government to lift its ban on farming trout in the sea so they can grow the fish species in places including the Marlborough Sounds.
Sanford managing director Eric Barratt yesterday told the Marlborough Express that the Sounds would be more suited to cage-farming of trout than salmon because they could tolerate higher water temperatures.
Unlike New Zealand King Salmon, Sanford would not seek to farm fish in places where the Marlborough District Council had prohibited aquaculture, Barratt said. Instead, the company would aim to convert some of its existing 300 mussel farms to trout.
“In our mind, sea-farming of trout is one of the best opportunities to expand aquaculture and would be economically viable,” he said.