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Aquaculture is the raising of plants or animals in water. It can occur in coastal waters, rivers, lakes and in constructed tanks on land.

The government supports well-planned and sustainable aquaculture growth in New Zealand and is committed to enabling industry to achieve its goal of $1 billion in annual sales by 2025. An essential part of this commitment is to ensure aquaculture growth takes place within acceptable environmental limits and respects other uses and values of our waterways and marine environment.

For aquaculture, MPI has several responsibilities:

Additionally, the MPI – Aquaculture Unit is the Government's principal advisor on aquaculture issues and serves as an important resource for local authorities, iwi, environmental interests, the aquaculture industry, and other stakeholders. Email the Aquaculture Unit at .

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Updated : 26 September 2016