Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Kina Lap Up ''NIWA’s Secret Recipe''

MEDIA RELEASE 15 July 2004

Kina Lap Up “Niwa’s Secret Recipe”

Scientists, turned chefs, have been cooking up a treat for kina - one that can treble the size of the highly prized roe.

In Japanese markets such as the Tokyo Central Wholesale Market, urchin roe can fetch between NZ$20-500 per kg wholesale, depending on quality and availability.

The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is working with Sealord Group Ltd and Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd of Japan, to develop special diets for New Zealand’s main sea urchin species (Evechinus chloroticus - kina).

The aim is to develop special diets which will increase the yield and improve the quality (colour and taste) of roe from harvested kina.

Chris Woods, scientist at NIWA’s Mahanga Bay aquaculture facility in Wellington, says they are getting dramatic improvements in the amount of roe produced.

“Depending on dietary formulation (and a suite of other factors), the gonad size of our kina can be easily doubled or tripled over a 10-week period.

“We are also making steady gains in roe colour and taste, though it’ll take more time and work to consistently achieve premium Japanese import standards. Our partners from Nippon Suisan Kaisha are helping taste-test the resulting roe from each batch of trials, as well as helping to uncover the underlying characteristics that determine premium roe. Sealord are providing the base ingredient for the kina diets, which is derived from fish byproducts” says Chris Woods.

Kina roe is a complex product. In addition to diet, the condition of kina roe is affected by a range of environmental factors. NIWA is studying the best holding conditions for kina taken from the wild. The scientists have also been working alongside the kina fishing and processing company, Sea Urchin New Zealand, to establish the best land-based roe enhancement conditions.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: Alex Swney Pleads Guilty To $2.5M Fraud Charge

Alex Swney, former chief executive of the Auckland city centre business association Heart of the City, has pleaded guilty to dishonestly using documents to obtain $2.5 million. More>>

ALSO:

Petrol Burns Prices: Second Consecutive Quarterly Fall For CPI

The consumers price index (CPI) fell 0.3 percent in the March 2015 quarter, following a 0.2 percent fall in the December 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. The last time the CPI showed two consecutive quarterly falls was in the December 1998 and March 1999 quarters. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Broadcasters Launch Battle Against Global Mode ISPs

New Zealand broadcasters have confirmed they’ve launched legal proceedings against internet service providers who give customers’ access to “global mode”, which allows customers access to offshore online content, claiming it breaches the local content providers’ copyright. More>>

ALSO:

Sanford: Closure Of Christchurch Mussel Processing Plant Confirmed

The decision comes after a period of consultation with the 232 staff employed at the Riccarton site, who were told on 9 April that Sanford was considering the future of mussel processing in Christchurch. Recent weather patterns had impacted on natural spat (offspring) supply... More>>

ALSO:

Price Of Cheese: Dairy Product Prices Fall To The Lowest This Year

Dairy product prices fell in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, hitting the lowest level in the 2015 auctions so far, as prices for milk powder and butter slid amid concern about the outlook for commodities. More>>

ALSO:

Houston, We Have An Air Route: Air New Zealand To Fly Direct To The Heart Of Texas

Air New Zealand will fly its completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft between Auckland and Houston up to five times a week opening up the state of Texas as well as popular nearby tourist states such as Louisiana and Florida. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Reserve Bank’s Spencer Calls On Govt To Rethink Housing Tax

The Reserve Bank has urged the government to take another look at a capital gains tax on investment in housing, allow increased high-density development and cut red tape for planning consents to address an over-heated Auckland property market. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news