The farm is led by a dynamic and pioneering management team who have spent years developing proprietary farming methods for fast flowing hydro canals. Because the environment and conditions of the canal differ to any other salmon rearing operation, the team developed its own husbandry techniques. The operational team is supplemented by leading-edge academic research and institutional analysis from the University of Rhode Island, U.S.A.

“As a consultant I have personally visited a large number of salmon farms in the world, and this is clearly one of the best with a truly unique farming environment not found anywhere else”. Technical Director, Dr. Terry Bradley, Professor in the Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science at the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI, U.S.A).


The Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon farm is a unique eco-sustainable operation located in the glacial fed Tekapo hydro canal, in the MacKenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand. The canal discharges through a power generating station into Lake Pukaki and is used for the generation of New Zealand’s hydroelectric power. Alpine King salmon have been produced here in net-pens since 1992.

The fish are maintained at low rearing densities and other than monthly sample weigh-ups, are rarely handled. The farm does not pollute or damage the environment in any way and meets or exceeds all government regulations by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), Department of Conservation (DOC) and Environment Canterbury.
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Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Ltd abides by 100% sustainable farming practices.