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The pristine waters of the tranquil Marlborough Sounds are the perfect place to farm some of the world’s most coveted seafood, not to mention sampling it paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Oysters, mussels and salmon grown in the Marlborough Sounds are served at some of the most prestigious restaurants around the world, by top international chefs.
The delectable taste of this seafood smorgasbord is pure Marlborough Sounds and the health benefits of an Omega-3 ladden seafood fest are enormous.
Not only is seafood good for you, it’s also good for the local economy; according to Aquaculture New Zealand New Zealand’s aquaculture sector generated over $400 million in revenue in 2011, employed over 3000 Kiwis and has a target goal of reaching $1 billion in sales by 2025.
Greenshell mussels have been farmed since the 1970s with many innovations along the way including the most recent long-line method of growing mussels on suspended ropes. This has resulted in a plump, juicy mussel much bigger than its wild cousin.
Like mussels, oysters have been farmed in New Zealand waters for over 40 years. Tio Point oysters, grown on ropes at 9 farms in the Marlborough Sounds, are cold water flat oysters characterised by plump and firm meat, and a sweet salty flavour.
King salmon has been farmed in the Marlborough Sounds for over 30 years. Because of New Zealand farming practices, strict bio-security procedures and absence of any native salmon species, King salmon grown here doesn’t need any vaccines or antibiotics.
The very best way to enjoy local Marlborough seafood is to head out on a Seafood Cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. Sample fresh local seafood to your heart’s content in the stunning surroundings it was farmed. As an added bonus, a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is paired with your seafood feast.
As well as tasting the seafood on the cruise you will also head to a salmon, oyster or mussel farm to find out how they are grown and so that you can ask any questions.