Aquaculture research projects

Our aquaculture research is world-leading and ranges across many areas and aquaculture species.

Māori participate in all aspects of the seafood industry but Māori involvement in the aquaculture industry is less than it should be.

Coastal aquaculture provides one of New Zealand’s biggest opportunities to generate new wealth from the primary production sector.
To develop elite broodstock for the New Zealand aquaculture industry, NIWA has established selective breeding programmes for three new species: kingfish, hāpuku and pāua (abalone).

NIWA is supporting the advancement of the New Zealand aquaculture sector through the development of high value products of verifiable quality and sustainability.