Four fish farms approved

Last updated 11:11 20/12/2012

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The Environmental Protection Authority has approved four new salmon farms for the Marlborough Sounds in a decision announced today.

The authority's board of inquiry sat for nine weeks in Blenheim in August, September and October, hearing about 1200 submissions on NZ King Salmon's proposal to set up nine new salmon farms in areas of the Marlborough Sounds where marine farming is banned under the Marlborough District Council's resource managment plans.

The board's draft report and decision on New Zealand King Salmon's proposal ruled that

  1. farms at Papatua, Ngamahau, Waitata and Richmond were allowed
  2. farms at Kaitapeha, Ruaomoko, Kaitira and Tapipi farms were declined
  3. and the White Horse Rock farm was also declined.

However, NZ King Salmon is disappointed with the decision, saying it was a missed opportunity for New Zealand and the company.

Chief executive Grant Rosewarne said the company believed it had demonstrated that salmon farming in New Zealand was the most sustainable way of producing protein in the planet, he said.

"We can create a high value, highly nutritious product sought after around the world that earns good export income.

"We're at a loss as why we were only granted four farms." he said.

NZ King Salmon would be making submissions on the draft decision, particularly on resource consent being declined for White Horse Rock.

"It's in zone 2 (where marine farming is allowed), so we're extremely surprised that it's not even in the mix. 

''We've bought the site, in the aquaculture zone, right next to another granted farm. It's hard to understand that decision so we certainly need to look into that."

The draft decision and report can be found by clicking on 'Draft report and decision

The provisions of the plan change request and conditions of the resource consent applications are detailed in the document.

The resource consents for the four sites that have been approved have been granted for a 35 year term. 

The draft report and decision is now open for comment by New Zealand King Salmon, all submitters, the Minister of Conservation, the Minister for the Environment and Marlborough District Council.

They can make comment on minor and technical aspects of the report only, not on the Board of Inquiry's decision or its reasons for that decision.

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Comments will be received from these parties by the EPA in writing until 5pm on 8 February 2013, after which the Board will consider the comments and provide its final report and decision on or before 22 February 2013, within the timeframe approved by the Minister of Conservation.

NZ King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne said the company was disappointed with the decision, which he described as "such a missed opportunity for Marlborough, Nelson, New Zealand and the company".

The company believed it had demonstrated that salmon farming in New Zealand was the most sustainable way of producing protein in the planet, he said.

"We can create a high value, highly nutritious product sought after around the world that earns good export income.

"We're at a loss as why we were only granted four farms."

NZ King Salmon would be making submissions on the draft decision, particularly on resource consent being declined for White Horse Rock.

"It's in zone 2 (where marine farming is allowed), so we're extremely surprised that it's not even in the mix. ''We've bought the site, in the aquaculture zone, right next to another granted farm. It's hard to understand that decision so we certainly need to look into that."

- Nelson

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