Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon
Twizel CanterburyNew Zealand
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon is located in the MacKenzie Basin, on the eastern side of the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand. The farm is close to the town of Twizel and situated at an altitude of 600 meters. The Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon farms are located in hydro-canals used for power generation. These continually flowing canals are fed directly from mountain lakes fed in turn by glaciers and alpine rain. Dan is one of the company's long-serving employees, having started farming King salmon in 2004 as a farm laborer. After growing his knowledge in aquaculture and proving his worthiness he was moved into the role of Farm Manager in 2010. Over the time Dan has been with the farm, it has expanded significantly. Along with managing the increasing fish numbers and operational requirements, he has overseen increased demands with staff management, site management and health and safety. Dan consistently rises to the challenges faced in this unique farming environment. Dan is also an adventurous guy who is passionate about the outdoors; he loves fishing and hunting at any opportunity. During winter, you’ll find him snowboarding the slopes of the Ohau Ski Field, set amongst the Southern Alps, and in summer, enjoying water-sports on Lake Ruataniwha.
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon live in the swift cold currents of a snow fed alpine canal, in the South Island of New Zealand. Constant swimming against the water flow means they develop firm flesh with high levels of Omega 3 and less inter-muscular fat than ocean-reared salmon. It is said that Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon are amongst the healthiest salmon in the world. Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon are extremely attractive with a brilliant silver coloration to the skin and scales, and rich orange-red flesh. Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon are not treated with vaccines, pesticides or antibiotics at any stage of the life cycle. They are naturally healthy due to living in pristine, highly oxygenated water and getting plenty of exercise.