Date: 02 May 2012
The Department of Conservation says there are potential benefits from the creation of additional salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds, provided that nutrient and location issues are addressed.
The department filed a submission with the Environmental Protection Authority today on New Zealand King Salmon’s application to extend its salmon farming operations in the Marlborough Sounds.
DOC’s Nelson Marlborough community relations manager Jo Gould says the submission aims to ensure that potential development is consistent with both the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010 and takes place in a sustainable way.
She says DOC is recommending changes to three of the proposed farm sites, which are by scenic reserves in the Marlborough Sounds.
The department has also asked for more information from King Salmon regarding the impact of nutrient discharge from the proposed farms.
Jo Gould says these points are outlined in the full submission so that the issues can be addressed through the hearing process.
A full copy of the department’s submission is available from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Rory Newsam, +64 4 471 3104