Mt Cook Alpine Salmon

Our freshwater king alpine salmon is sourced from the base of Mount Cook on New Zealand’s South Island. Millions of gallons of glacial water run through the farm every minute
Mt Cook Alpine Salmon farm.
Mt Cook Alpine Salmon farm.
September 15, 2018


Established over 20 years ago, Mt Cook Alpine Salmon has been supplying our stores with the finest salmon since 2015. Across the board, the reasons for this relationship are as clear as the pure, glacier-fed canals the salmon swim in.

In 2012, Mt Cook became the first farm in Australasia to receive Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification. BAP is a non-profit organisation that focuses on animal welfare and food safety, as well as farms’ environmental responsibilities and sustainable and traceable fishing practices. It also regularly receives the highest ranking accreditation by the New Zealand government’s exporting agency.

Sixty per cent of the power on New Zealand’s South Island is produced by hydroelectricity from water stored in the lakes at the base of the Southern Alps. This entirely natural source of water is home to Mt Cook’s salmon, meaning the fish have 24-hour access to pure oxygenated water.


With sustainable practices and traceable fishing methods, Mt Cook’s approach to environmental care makes it an industry leader. And then, of course, there’s the quality of the fish. The company uses specially formulated premium feed that is sustainable and free from added hormones. Because of the location’s naturally pristine environment, there is also never any need to treat the salmon themselves with antibiotics, vaccines, growth hormones or pesticides.

Another example of the company’s awareness of the link between environmental sustainability and top-quality produce is the placement of low-stocking density measures. This means the salmon are free to move as nature intended, giving them plenty of space to grow and flourish, covering the equivalent of a half marathon a day each in the flowing currents, and also allowing for a better flow of oxygen.

A fresh salmon from Mt Cook Alpine Salmon on ice

A fresh salmon from Mt Cook Alpine Salmon on ice


The company’s experts prefer to feed the salmon by hand. This way it can observe the fish’s health and wellbeing and ensure they’re fed to the correct nutritional levels. This practice, combined with providing the fish the space they need to thrive, are all essential elements, which result in salmon that are fit and healthy, have the perfect amount of fat, a delicate texture and clean taste – we wouldn’t expect anything less from one of our top producers. Enjoy the freshness at Spinneys.

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