DOC responds to draft

07:44, Feb 14 2013

The Department of Conservation is among the groups that have filed comments on a draft decision to allow New Zealand King Salmon to expand its farming operations in the Marlborough Sounds.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith said yesterday the comments to the Environmental Protection Authority panel that wrote the draft decision "were of a technical kind".

An authority spokeswoman said they had received several comments in response to the draft decision. These would be made public when the final decision was released on Friday next week. She would not be specific about the number of final submissions, nor their contents.

The submissions period, which gave people involved in the process a chance to comment on minor or technical aspects of the draft decision, closed on Friday last week.

NZ King Salmon had applied to create nine new fish farms in the Sounds. The draft decision gave it consent for four of these.

Parties involved in the process, which included a nine-week hearing in Blenheim last year, also included the Marlborough District Council and environmental lobby groups.

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