Aquaculture and Seafood Trail
 

 

 

Coromandel Aquaculture & Seafood Trail

 

The Coromandel is the North Island’s aquaculture capital, thanks to our region’s warm sheltered waters, clean healthy environment and vibrant aquaculture industry. Amidst the pristine waters of the Hauraki Gulf our aquaculture farmers currently produce more than 20% of New Zealand’s mussels and oysters – both for local consumption and for export.

Greenshell™ musselsTo explore the story of how this delicious farmed seafood makes its way from the ocean to your plate, then join the Aquaculture Trail and read on. This will provide you with opportunities to see where our mussels and oysters come from, how they are farmed and processed, and where you can savour these seafood delicacies during your stay.

If you are keen on fishing, then don’t miss taking a charter trip out to the mussel farms, which attract abundant wild fish.

 

What is Aquaculture?

Aquaculture is seafood that is farmed in the ocean, rather than being caught by fishing. As the pioneer French oceanographer and environmentalist Jacques Cousteau said “We must turn to the sea with new understanding and new technology. We need to farm it as we farm the land.”

In the Coromandel, we currently focus on farming shellfish like mussels and oysters. In other parts of New Zealand, finfish are also farmed, and salmon farming is already at $100 million a year industry in Marlborough. Finfish farming is now on the horizon in the Coromandel, with the potential for farming of native species like kingfish and hapuka in coming years.

In the meantime, Coromandel aquaculture brings in about $50 million a year in revenue, and employs more than 400 people. Given the growing global demand for aquaculture, there is potential for the industry to more than double in size by 2025.

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