EPA Application

Application for Additional Water Space

On 3 October 2011 New Zealand King Salmon Co. Limited (NZ King Salmon) submitted a proposal to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to apply for additional water space. To find out more click here...

EPA New Zealand King Salmon Proposal Submission Form

Rebuttal Evidence of NZ King Salmon

Evidence of NZ King Salmon

For a link to the King Salmon Online submission form click here...

To see a video that addresses all the facts about our application please click here...

For more information about the EPA’s ‘Friend of Submitter’ process click here...

For a link to an interactive fact page on the NZKS EPA application for more water space click here...

Why does New Zealand King Salmon want more space?

We need more farms because we cannot produce enough fish to meet demand both in New Zealand and world-wide. Also, the aquaculture industry wants to achieve $1 billion in sales by 2025 and we know we can play our part in achieving this too.

How many new farms is New Zealand King Salmon applying for and who are we applying to?

New Zealand King Salmon has made an application to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) seeking nine additional salmon farm sites in the Marlborough Sounds.

Currently we farm five hectares and nine additional farms would give us an additional 11 hectares. Each salmon farm has surface area coverage of approximately 1.5 hectares, but the anchoring systems in deep water stretch out to cover around 15 hectares. In total, the new farms we are applying for represent about 0.1 per cent of the total Sounds surface area.

Where will these farms be located and what will be the environmental impact of these farms?

During the past 15 months, a team of our staff, scientists and specialists has undertaken extensive research on various locations around the Marlborough Sounds to establish the best positions for the new sites and potential effects of any new farms. The corresponding map shows the location of the proposed farms.

There are many criteria we take in to account in selecting sites. Top of mind for us is the need to minimise environmental impact and sustainably grow salmon and that requires current flow and water depth. Other factors include public intrusion and inconvenience, visual impact and navigation.

Link to map of existing and proposed sea farm sites.

A full assessment of environmental effects (AEE) will soon be available on the EPA website

Why is New Zealand King Salmon applying for new water space using the Environmental Protection Authority?

The Environmental Protection Authority was set up specifically to manage big projects that have national significance. We think our proposal is of national significance because it falls within the Government's and industry's plan to grow aquaculture in to a $1 billion industry by 2025.

Why couldn’t you use the usual Council process under the Resource Management Act?

The "normal" process of a Council hearing and appeals to the Environment Court can sometimes take more than two years or more. The EPA is set up to process applications with a shorter timeframe. It made sense for us to lodge our application through the EPA as the EPA streamlines and improves the process but it’s also a vigorous process that is more like a commission of inquiry that requires a high level of evidence and consultation with the local community.

We believe we can create sustainable wealth for the community and our owners and we want to use the best process to make this happen.

You say it improves the process. Why is that?

If the proposal is accepted as one of national significance, the decision the Board of Inquiry makes will have similar status to those made by a court on appeal. This should speed the process up, but speeding it up doesn’t diminish the authority’s quality of decisions.

What does the authority actually do?

The EPA has received and accepted our application and will make a recommendation to the Minister of Conservation on how it should proceed, including whether it is a proposal of national significance and whether it should be heard by a Board of Inquiry. If the Minister decides that it is, the EPA will manage the process and the hearings but is not involved in the decision-making. If the Minister decides that a Board of Inquiry will hear the application, that Board will be the decision maker. The Board chosen will have a diverse range of expertise relevant to the Proposal.

When is the hearing?

It is expected the hearing will be held in Marlborough around mid-late 2012. The Minister of Conservation has to decide if we can go through this process (as opposed to being referred to the Environment Court or back to the Marlborough District Council) and that can’t happen until the EPA makes a recommendation about whether or not this is a proposal of national significance. Hearing dates will be publicised on the EPA website: www.epa.govt.nz.

What’s in it for us in Marlborough?

Many things. Few agricultural industries have the ability to create such significant export income from such a small amount of space, with a low, localised environmental impact. There will be a greater number of jobs – at least 70 - more skilled jobs, flow-on effects to supporting industries creating economic growth. The goal is global recognition of Marlborough as a province that cares about its environment and produces delicacies such as great wine and wonderful King Salmon.

Who is paying for this? Will my rates go up?

If we are successful in our application to the EPA, our company will pay for the development of the marine farms. We are also carrying the cost of the EPA process (including the hearing). The ratepayer would have borne a greater proportion of the costs if we took proceedings through the traditional RMA channels.

Where can I find out more about the EPA process?

The best place to start is their website at www.epa.govt.nz/Resource-management/King-Salmon. If you have specific questions for the EPA these can be directed to the project leader Jenny Clafferty and her email address is jenny.clafferty@epa.govt.nz or phone number: 04 916 2426.

If you have specific questions for New Zealand King Salmon these can be directed to:

Grant Rosewarne, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand King Salmon Co Ltd - email address Grant.rosewarne@kingsalmon.co.nz or phone numbers: 03 5464 860 027 2460 980