20 Jul 2013

Salmon farm saved by stock boost

3:15 pm on 20 July 2013

The future of a Golden Bay tourist attraction has been secured despite flooding and a landslide that caused massive damage last month.

Most of the salmon at the Anatoki salmon farm in Takaka were lost in a flash flood that filled the salmon lake and breeding ponds with mud and debris, killing 35,000 fish.

All the hatching eggs were saved, however and the farm has now received 15,000 smolt ( young salmon) from the New Zealand King Salmon company to boost its depleted stock.

Owner Jan Dissel estimates the damage has cost him about $100,000 but says he is now working towards the future. After cleaning up, he says, "Everything is looking nice and shiny again."

Mr Dissel says the farm will reopen to visitors in the middle of September.