Salmon farm report
Three Marlborough Sounds salmon farms are closer to relocation after the findings of a report were released this week. The report by an independent advisory panel dealt with a proposal to relocate up to six Marlborough Sounds salmon farms to more environmentally sustainable, high-flow sites. There are currently 12 sites in the Marlborough Sounds which have resource consent for finfish farming. The proposed new sites were put forward as potential substitutes for existing consented sites. The report recommended that three salmon farms be relocated from Otanerau Bay in Queen Charlotte Sound to Tio Point in Tory Channel, Waihinau Bay to Richmond Bay South – both in Pelorus Sound – and Ruakaka Bay to Horseshoe Bay in Pelorus Sound. The panel considered relocation of the three farms would enable the New Zealand King Salmon Company to improve environmental outcomes without sacrificing jobs and economic returns. The panel declined to recommend the relocation of three other sites. Nash will make a decision on the recommendations later this year.