HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE POTENTIAL RELOCATION OF SALMON FARMS IN THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

The Minister for Primary Industries wants to hear your views on a proposal to amend the Marlborough Sounds resource management plan to enable relocation of up to 6 salmon farms.

Relocation is being considered as a way to:

  • Ensure the environmental outcomes from salmon farming are improved through implementation of benthic (seabed) best management practice
  • Potentially improve the social and cultural outcomes from salmon farming by creating jobs, and move salmon farms away from areas of high-competing use
  • Maintain or increase the economic benefits from salmon farming.

This proposal provides for industry growth through more efficient use of marine farming space, rather than from creating additional new space.

In short, it’s about getting better outcomes from the same amount of space. The extent of benefits would depend on the number of farms relocated and the sites they move to, which is why the Minister for Primary Industries (Nathan Guy) wants to hear your views.

“Moving these farms would allow the company to implement the environmental guidelines it has agreed with the Government, the Marlborough District Council, scientists and the community,” says Mr Guy.

The 6 existing lower-flow sites being considered for relocation are listed below • Ruakaka Bay • Otanerau Bay • Forsyth Bay • Waihinau Bay • Crail Bay (two farms, not stocked since 2011)

For more information visit the MPI Website here.