King Salmon seeks consent for work

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 16:00 26/10/2012

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NZ King Salmon applied for a resource consent last week to cut up part of a salmon farm pontoon on a riverbank near Havelock.

The company had laid up the pontoons and cages from a salmon farm on Twidles Island three weeks ago. The structure was swept into the main channel at Havelock in a flood two weekends ago.

King Salmon said at the time that it did not need resource consent for the removal work, but last week it applied to the Marlborough District Council for consent.

King Salmon aquaculture manager Mark Preece said this week the work had been finished and all the pontoons had been cut up.

He confirmed that the company had applied retrospectively for consent. "We were planning on a worst-case scenario. We didn't actually require one."

The application says King Salmon retired two steel farm pens from its Waihinau Bay site, and they had been towed to Twidles Island in early October, to land owned by Kyle Dairy.

The company had permission from the Department of Conservation to do the work, and had contacted the Marlborough District Council.

"Although the council has previously advised that no resource consent is necessary to deconstruct the pens on the Kyle property, given these recent events, King Salmon makes this application out of abundance of caution," the application says.

The pens would be partially deconstructed in the river next to the Kyle property. The pieces would then be brought across an area of foreshore reserve administered by DOC and further cut up on the Kyle property. The pieces would be sold as scrap metal.

Council resource management officer Peter Johnson said the resource consent effectively sought to validate what had already been done. "This still serves a purpose in that council can ensure, through consent conditions, that any bare soil is oversown with grass and the site is otherwise tidied up, as proposed in the application."

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- The Marlborough Express

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