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WELCOME TO BIG GLORY BAY

Where ocean-farmed seafood is nurtured in glorious isolation. With pristine water quality and cold currents, Big Glory Bay in Stewart Island, New Zealand, is home to one of the most remote aquaculture farms in the world.

It’s hard to describe the sheer beauty and tranquillity of a bay accessible only by sea, and fringed by native forest that reaches down over the shoreline. This is the ideal place to raise our King Salmon and Greenshell™ Mussels. From this isolated location, our ocean-farmed seafood is on the menu of some of New Zealand’s finest restaurants.

POPULATION C.380

AVERAGE SEA TEMPERATURE 14°C

LATITUDE 47° SOUTH

THE FARM

Seafood farming at Big Glory Bay takes real dedication. Our Bay is so remote, our farmers can’t drive to work.

In this stunning environment, it’s only natural that sustainability is central to everything we do. We strongly believe the aquaculture industry holds a stewardship role, actively protecting our pristine waters. The approval process for establishing coastal aquaculture farms in New Zealand is one of the strictest in the world – and we’re happy for it to stay that way.

Our Big Glory Bay farm is proudly Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certified. This is the world’s most trusted, comprehensive and proven third-party aquaculture certification programme, and gives our customers further reassurance of our commitment to the environment and the health of our seafood.

THE ISLAND

Stewart Island is the southernmost inhabited island of New Zealand. It lies 37km south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Strait, and acts as a showcase for the raw natural beauty of New Zealand.

Although the island is actually larger than Hong Kong, it has a tiny population of around 380 people. There is one main settlement – Oban, at Halfmoon Bay – and walking tracks outnumber roads, ten to one.

85% of the island is dedicated to Rakiura National Park, with densely forested hills tumbling down to golden sand beaches and crystal-clear bays. Penguins, seals, kiwi, and many other wildlife and marine animals thrive here, safe from the predators of the mainland.

OUR HISTORY

Salmon farming first began here in 1978, when it was still a relatively new concept worldwide. It took some hard lessons and a whole lot of experimentation for the first farm to succeed.

Sanford, New Zealand’s largest seafood company, with a history spanning over 150 years, took the reins of the salmon and mussel farms in 1993. Today Sanford – as the name behind Big Glory Bay – is one of the major employers on Stewart Island.

We consider it an honour to farm in this location, and we want to make sure it stays as pure as it is today. We treat our seafood with the greatest care and respect, and we’re extremely proud to share the glorious result with people who appreciate the very best.

To find out more, visit Sanford.

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