The MPI has exercised his powers to propose a change to the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan to specifically zone six alternative locations in the coastal marine area of the Marlborough Sounds to enable relocation of some existing salmon farms as a restricted discretionary activity ignoring protests by those against the plan.
Currently, there are twelve consented sites for finfish farming in the Marlborough Sounds.
The six proposed new sites are to be in substitution for six of the existing consented sites which are currently in locations which give rise to significant sub-optimal environmental outcomes.
It was recommended that the Proposal proceed in respect of three of the six sites, namely Tio Point, Horseshoe Bay and Richmond Bay South with a licence term of 20 years.
If only three new farms are to proceed as part of the Proposal, then it is appropriate that consents for three currently operational farms be surrendered, namely Waihinau, Otanerau and Ruakaka Bay.
New Zealand King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne said salmon cannot regulate their body temperature, which has caused some to die.
“We have adjusted feed times to the beginning and end of each day when the water surface temperatures are cooler, and are putting extra effort into maintaining the farm environment in optimal condition for as low a stress environment as possible," he said.
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