Sal­mon farm re­port

Nelson Mail - - NEWS -

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.

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