New Zealand King Salmon has been given the green light to begin farming the first open-ocean finfish site in New Zealand. 

Following a hearing in Blenheim last year, commissioners announced Friday their decision to approve the Blue Endeavour application. 

“We’re pleased our plans to farm in the open ocean have been given the go ahead," said acting CEO Graeme Tregidga. "This is a first for New Zealand and is a significant decision for the aquaculture industry."

It has taken New Zealand King Salmon six years to get approval for production, but Tregidga says while open-ocean is part of the company’s long-term strategy, the current focus remains on the company’s inshore farming production.