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Regulations affecting aquaponics in New Zealand

It appears to be a strict environment to attempt the practice of aquaponics in my homeland. Chinook Salmon and Koura (Fresh water crayfish) appear to be on the (Very) short list.

I suspect there would not be a large market for khoi in NZ, and it is a long way from export markets if one could manage live shipment.

Of course further reading is needed!

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Comment by Eoin Ross on February 4, 2012 at 10:01pm
Where I'd want to live there, there aren't many sources of heat barring solar, coaal or wood.

I thought Aussie would have good cheese too. The stuff here I didn't recognise- its coloured orange!

No worries on a visit - seems like you might be an ex-pat?
I see me doing this commercialy down the road.
From what I recall of the whitebait price... that might be reasonably lucrative.
Comment by RupertofOZ on February 4, 2012 at 9:44pm

Let me know when you get back over there Eoin... and I'll fly over ...


Just make sure you've got

  • A 5 dozen tin of Foveaux Strait oysters
  • 5lb of Whitebait
  • Side of hoggart
  • A block of decent cheese
  • Some good bread
  • A couple of tubs of "Hokey Pokey" icecream
  • A couple of Pav's
  • And a few cartoons of beer


Should last us a day or two.... or I could stay a week...

Comment by Eoin Ross on February 4, 2012 at 9:17pm
Thank you! I hadn't had anywhere near this amount of info come up in google. Makes one feel a lot better about putting in effort to learn here in the US before going home.
Comment by RupertofOZ on February 4, 2012 at 7:54pm

Had to  find the link... Mahurangi Technical Institute


Smart people... give them a call....


The Perch/Redfin... is banned in all but one state in Australia... and in NZ...  AFAIK...

Comment by RupertofOZ on February 4, 2012 at 7:49pm

Correction... the European Perch (not carp)... Perca fluviatilis..  is known as Redfin here in OZ....


And one of the fisheries institutes in NZ has successfully spawned/bred them... and is actually exporting the eggs...

Comment by RupertofOZ on February 4, 2012 at 7:28pm
Comment by RupertofOZ on February 4, 2012 at 7:25pm

eeEels are almost impossible to keep in tanks, or even ponds...


European Perch is basically "carp"...


Sea cucumbers, kina, lobstera, kingfish and hapuka... all require salt water...


There's a place up near Huka Falls that has been farming the freshwater prawn for years... I'll find the link for you....


But they need a constant water temperature of 24-28...


There's a bloke, or was... around Raglan... that had sucessfully bred and reared "whitebait"...

Comment by Eoin Ross on February 4, 2012 at 7:20pm
Some more research turns up information that makes things look a litle easier for the practice in NZ - this is more encouraging!
Other species still in the research or pre-commercial stages include eels, European perch, sea cucumbers, kina (Sea urchins - if I remeber rightly), rock lobsters, kingfish and hāpuka (a wreckfish species).

A limited amount of freshwater farming occurs around silver carp, grass carp, freshwater crayfish, whitebait and warm-water prawns.
Comment by RupertofOZ on February 4, 2012 at 7:19pm

Hummm... seems the "" links are no longer working.. maybe the project has folded..

Comment by RupertofOZ on February 4, 2012 at 7:17pm

Tena koe, Kia ora.... or as they no doubt say these days... hey bro...


You're absolutely right... and I'm doubtful with regard to Chinook... trout are definitely banned...


Grass Carp are apparantly allowed... and Wilson Lennard stocked the hydro/aquaponics conversion of Tasman Bay Herbs... with them... 


Wilson Lennard only converted a small portion of the hydro operation as a trial... and has since moved on to a project at Ceres in Melbourne...


But the NZ venture attracted a backer... Ashley Berrysmith ... and the project is trying to continue...




You can read a bit about it ....




They've run a couple of open days...




Which got covered by TV... [url][/url]


They discovered the problem that we share hear in OZ.... winter time means low feed rates... lower nutrients...

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