King Salmon warned over new-farms move
Longtime Marlborough Sounds resident Joe Heberley says NZ King Salmon risks losing support if it puts salmon farms in front of people's houses.
Mr Heberley said he supported King Salmon's expansion plans, but not if the company went ahead with farms in the sites it has indicated it will build on. One of the sites is in front of a friend's house, and Mr Heberley said it was "not on" that residents should be hurt by the new farms.
"It's not on. They'll lose the support of a lot of people doing that. The birds, the noise, the contamination: it shouldn't be allowed, not in front of people's houses," he said.
King Salmon has applied to the Environmental Protection Authority to build nine new salmon farms, three in Queen Charlotte Sound and six in Pelorus Sound. The proposal is open for public submissions until May 2.
Mr Heberley said there were plenty of other places in the Sounds that would be suitable for salmon farming without having it in front of people's houses.
"As a longtime resident of the Sounds, it's just not on," he said.
"I think it goes for anyone who lives anywhere in the Sounds. Why should they be stuck in front of a house? You live in the Sounds for a reason"
He said there was nothing near his own house, but a good friend was affected.
"I don't blame him for being pretty upset.
"You buy a place for your family, and then all of a sudden this happens. The value of the property is next to nothing.
"If they come to sell, no-one will want to buy a property with a salmon farm in front of it.
"His place is one of the gems of the Sounds. It has a private bay. It's a lovely place, and it is now going to have a big salmon farm in front of it."
- The Marlborough Express