Sounds fish farm bid subject of film

Laura Honey filming in the Marlborough Sounds
Laura Honey filming in the Marlborough Sounds

Otago University science communication student Laura Honey is filming a documentary about New Zealand King Salmon's plans to expand its fish farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

Ms Honey will head to French Pass, near D'Urville Island, today to talk to Danny Boulton, chairman of the Sustain Our Sounds group that is fighting the application. She will also interview Marlborough District Council environment committee chairman Peter Jerram and has asked to meet a NZ King Salmon representative and visit one of the company's existing fish farms.

Ms Honey will be in the Marlborough Sounds for 10 days.

On two earlier trips to Marlborough, she filmed Sustain Our Sounds supporters and a public meeting in Blenheim.

Ms Honey will look at how science was being used to support both sides of the debate. "It seems to be an argument about economics versus the environment, as often today," she said.

The film will be part of Ms Honey's masters thesis and she plans a premiere at an Otago University film festival in Dunedin on November 16.

"The issue attracted me, as there were very strong opinions within the Sounds community," she said.

An Environmental Protection Authority hearing to consider King Salmon's application opens in Blenheim on August 13.

The Marlborough Express