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Salmon farm decision this week

Last updated 09:06 25/02/2013

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The Environmental Protection Authority board of inquiry lodged its final decision on an application by NZ King Salmon to build nine new fish farms in the Marlborough Sounds on Friday.

That met its deadline for the final report.

A spokeswoman said the EPA would post the final decision on its website, probably late this week, after staff had co-ordinated printing and publishing. However, she declined to say whether there were any changes between the draft and final decisions.

Copies would be sent to the parties involved.

In its draft decision released on December 20, the board approved four of nine farms applied for. These were in areas where the Marlborough District Council had prohibited marine farming under its Marlborough Sounds resource management plan.

The King Salmon application attracted 1200 public submissions and the hearing was held over nine weeks in Blenheim last year.

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- The Marlborough Express

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