Kawatiri Aquafarm

The Kawatiri Aquafarm project will create more than 30 jobs over the next six months to set up the innovative land-based tank farm and build specialised fish tanks. Whitebait from the new aquafarm will be supplied throughout Aotearoa New Zealand year round, taking pressure off the supply of wild fish and giving chefs a new way to meet growing public demand for more sustainably sourced food.

“We are really honoured by the support of the Council and the Provincial Development Unit to bring jobs and an important new type of farming to the Coast. Whitebait are part of the way of life down here, where my in-laws all come from. By tank farming Giant Kōkopu in Westport we can help keep the tradition going and keep fritters on plates.”

Ben Smith, New Zealand Whitebait

The Provincial Growth Fund is proud to provide support for the New Zealand Whitebait aquafarm project.

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