Maori na­tion signs new aqua­cul­ture deal

Fish Farmer - - World News -

THREE new Maori aqua­cul­ture agree­ments, of­fer­ing im­proved fish farm­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, have been signed in the New Zealand par­lia­ment.

The Iwi peo­ple from the Auck­land, Tas­man, and Marl­bor­ough re­gions have reached the deal as a re­sult of the Maori Com­mer­cial Aqua­cul­ture Claims Set­tle­ment Act 2004.

Pri­mary in­dus­tries min­is­ter Nathan Guy said: ‘The agree­ments in Auck­land, Tas­man and Marl­bor­ough will de­liver four hectares of au­tho­ri­sa­tions for oys­ter space in ad­di­tion to $46 mil­lion as cash equiv­a­lent for the re­main­der of the Crown’s obli­ga­tions.

‘Through these agree­ments Maori will have the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue their in­volve­ment in this high per­form­ing pri­mary in­dus­try sec­tor.’

Mean­while, NZ King Salmon, a ma­jor aqua­cul­ture com­pany based in Mal­bor­ough, has ex­pressed in­ter­est in ex­pand­ing into the South­land re­gion of the coun­try’s South is­land with a NZ$100 mil­lion in­vest­ment that could cre­ate 150 jobs.

The com­pany has been meet­ing with lo­cal gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives to dis­cuss this pos­si­ble ex­pan­sion, but progress is re­ported to be slow.

NZ King Salmon chief ex­ec­u­tive Grant Rosewarne said the com­pany could make a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to the econ­omy of the area.

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