King Salmon Farming

Our natural breeding programme produces approximately 2 million eggs each year, which are carefully nurtured until they hatch. We then place the smolt in the fresh snow-fed waters of the Clutha and Waitaki rivers, and when they reach 30 grams they are ready to transition to our Stewart Island farms. It is here that they are placed on a careful feeding and management programme until they reach the desired weight of around 4kg – perfect for harvesting, processing and sale to market.

KING SALMON ONCORHYNCHUS TSHAWYTSCHA

King Salmon were originally brought to New Zealand from California and are often heralded as the very best salmon species in terms of taste, texture and nutritional quality. This quality has been recognised by world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium – who has named New Zealand King Salmon the world’s most environmentally sustainable farmed salmon.

Farmed at Big Glory Bay in Stewart Island, bordering a National Park, King Salmon are available year round. With silver sides and a green back, they are raised in sea cages and are completely free of chemicals and antibiotics.

Oily and high in omega-3, King Salmon can be baked, barbequed, poached, steamed, smoked, pan fried and served raw as sashimi.

Nutritional Information
PER 100G
ENERGY KJ/100G 798
PROTEIN (G) 20.7
TOTAL FAT (G) 12
SATURATED FAT (G) 3.7
CARBOHYDRATE (G) 0.1
SUGARS (G) 0.1
SODIUM MG/100G 52
  • WHERE WE FARM

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  • AVAILABILITY

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Also known as

NZ: Quinnat Salmon, Pacific Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Spring Salmon, Salmon
CH: Königslachs
CIS: Tshavytsha, Charycha, Tikhookeanskiy Losos
DE: Königslachs
ES: Salmon Chinook
FR: Saumon Royal
IT: Salmone Reale
JP: Masunosuke, Suke
NL: Chinook Zalm
US & CA: King Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Spring Salmon

Nutritional Information
PER 100G
ENERGY KJ/100G 798
PROTEIN (G) 20.7
TOTAL FAT (G) 12
SATURATED FAT (G) 3.7
CARBOHYDRATE (G) 0.1
SUGARS (G) 0.1
SODIUM MG/100G 52

RECIPES

From the sea to your plate, we’re always looking for new ways to make the most of our beautiful New Zealand seafood. Try something new tonight!

​PROJECT SOUTH

Sanford’s open ocean farm application

Sanford has lodged an application to farm King Salmon at an open ocean site, 28km from Bluff and 10km from the nearest island at the south east end of Foveaux Strait. We want to grow more salmon, and strengthen our Southland base. We care what you think, and we won’t be going ahead until we have consulted with you and the rest of the community. Here are the simple facts about our proposal and a full copy of the Application.

To learn more about our Application, please follow these links to

  1. The Application, see below
  2. The Community flyer, click here
  3. Frequently Asked Questions, click here
To have a chat about our plans, or too ask us a question please contact Ali Undorf-Lay aundorf-lay@sanford.co.nz 027 293 7795

The Application:

AEE - Resource Consent Applications and Assessment of Environmental Effects

A - Assessment of Ecological effects, Dr Mark James & Hilke Giles

B - Volume 1 the Seabed survey, ADS Environmental Services

C - Volume II Hydrodynamic modelling, ADS Environmental Services

D - Volume III Depositional modelling, ADS Environmental Services

E - Volume IV Nutrient modelling, ADS Environmental Services

F - Marine Pests assessment of effects, Dr Barrie Forests

G - Wild-harvest fisheries in Foveaux Strait, Pisces Research

H - Open ocean salmon farming and Marine Mammal assessment, Cawthron Institute

I - Assessment of environmental effects on Foveaux Strait Seabirds, Wildlands Research

J - Assessment of Seascape and Natural Character Effects, Frank Boffa

K - Assessment of Navigation Matters, Jason Eriksson

L - Assessment of the planning documents

M - Assessment of the information provided against the requirements of the Fourth Schedule of the RMA and information requirements of the Regional Coastal Plan for Southland

N - Preliminary Pen and Grid Configuration – AKVA, Mark Porter