Regulations for the aquaculture industry must be enhanced
Some submissions on the proposed National Environmental Standard for Marine Aquaculture show the complete arrogance of the industry in relation to how they view their ability to use the water space with complete disregard to the Resource Management Act, the Public that use the areas for recreational purposes and the possible effects on the ecology of the areas.
This blatant arrogance beggar’s belief, these people seem to forget that the water space belongs to the people of New Zealand and must be treated with respect.
If a change to the RMA by government was seem as bullying of a breach of public right to public water space, the protesters would most likely take their action to either a legal or illegal action to prevent any further erosion of their public rights.
With the recent exposure of corruption at the Cawthron Institute questions have to be asked as to their reliability and bias towards NZ Aquaculture Industry.
While aquaculture is the heart of many regional communities the deceit and corruption by some mussel farmers beggars belief.
While the industry provides employment for these areas it must not be forgotten that the environment and the negative effects of dumping and disposal of plastics into the water is not acceptable.
The checks and balance that the industry states are in their Code of Practice are not being followed or adhered to by both Councils and the mussel farmers.
Areas are being over farmed and the resulting poor quality mussels are dumped over the side of the harvesters the result of which pollutes the bottom under the farms.
The regulations for the aquaculture industry must be enhanced and strictly adhered to by the regulatory Councils. The industry must not be involved in this in any way.
The proposed National Environmental Standard is biased towards the aquaculture industry.
Excerpts from the submissions are that submitters agree that:
$1-Allowing councils to have a more lenient approach encourages proactive planning in accordance with the NZCPS Policy 8;
$1-areas zones specifically for aquaculture should be exempted from the provisions of the proposed NES relating to replacement consents for existing farms;
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