18 Apr 2013

New grants for aquaculture projects

3:05 pm on 18 April 2013

The Government has announced it will financially back five aquaculture projects throughout the country.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced five Sustainable Farming Fund grants, four of which will look to address information gaps in aquaculture.

The grants ranging from $20,000 to $600,000 will go to projects including reducing skeletal deformities in farmed salmon and developing best practice guides for freshwater crayfish.

A total of $8.8 million has been awarded to 42 projects around the country after the latest round of the Sustainable Farming Fund.

In other funding announcements, the Dairy Women's Network will get $180,000 over the next three years to help them develop rural leaders.

The aquaculture projects funded are:

  • Koura Aquaculture, by Wai-Koura South: $119,420
  • Farming Premium Salmon, by the Salmon Improvement Group: $600,000
  • Management of the GLM9 Greenlipped Mussel Spat Resource, by GML9 Advisory Group: $20,000
  • Tuna (Shortfin-eel) Aquaculture, by Te Ohu Tiaki o Rangitane Te Ika a Mauri Trust (MIO): $600,000
  • Aquaculture custom bacterial vaccines, by Aquaculture New Zealand: $115,686.