200 submit over salmon

About 200 submissions had been made on King Salmon's application to the Environment Protection Authority by the end of Friday.

Submissions close on Wednesday at 5pm.

A board of inquiry will consider an application from King Salmon to build nine new salmon farms, three in Queen Charlotte Sound and six in Pelorus Sound. Several are planned in an area where salmon farming is not permitted under the council's Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan.

An authority spokeswoman said the board of inquiry hearing the application would decide whether to accept any late submissions. She encouraged people to get their submissions in by the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday."

She also reminded people that "friend of submitter" Paul Thomas was available to offer help with the submission process.

Mr Thomas has previously said several people had asked how much detail they should include in their written submission.

His advice was to state whether they were for, against or neutral on the King Salmon application and then to list their main arguments and the reasons behind them.

People who opted to speak at the hearing would have time to collect more evidence but would be restricted to areas raised in their initial submission.

Mr Thomas is available on 0800 401673 or email paul.thomas@emslimited.co.nz

Submissions can be made by email to kingsalmon@epa.govt.nz.

The Marlborough Express