Salmon – Ora King

Ōra King salmon is the culmination of a classical breeding programme that has spanned more than two decades and is designed to yield only the highest quality King salmon with the most appealing taste, texture and colour. Through classical breeding, responsible husbandry, selective grading and careful handling, The New Zealand King Salmon Co Ltd allows only the finest-quality King salmon to be labeled Ōra King – those that best represent the superior culinary attributes of this unique breed.
From the clearest waters
Ōra King salmon begin their lives in the crystal clear waters flowing from Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay – the waters of this region have been verified as some of the clearest in the world. Within their first year, the young salmon are carefully transferred to the sheltered deep water bays of the Marlborough Sounds. There they mature in the fast flowing sea waters, emulating the life cycle of the wild King salmon.
Committed to sustainability
Environmental stewardship and sustainable practices are at the core of the operation. The entire farming and processing operation has been audited to achieve the internationally recognised sustainability certification – the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) standard. The feed is based on the protein and nutrition salmon get in the wild, using sustainable and traceable ingredients.
Individually traceable
Each whole Ōra King salmon carries an individual gill tag with a unique number, recording the date of harvest and tracing the salmon back to the specific ‘paddock’ in the farm it was raised in. The gill tag also reassures you that each salmon is a genuine Ōra King.Culinary attributes
The highly prized King salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) species is itself a rare luxury, making up less than one percent of the world’s salmon population, with the Ōra King salmon breed representing the pinnacle of this species. The high oil content naturally present in Ōra King salmon can be seen in the marbled fat lines within the bright orange flesh, delivering an elegant buttery texture and excellent plate appeal. The high natural oil content also makes Ōra King a naturally rich source of healthy marine long chain Omega-3s.



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