NZ salmon farm approved
Environmental Protection Authority decision-makers made the right call by approving a fish farm at Port Gore in the outer Marlborough Sounds because the area was suitable for aquaculture, Crown lawyer Peter McCarthy says.
Protection of an outstanding landscape did not prevent its use, the lawyer for the Ministry for Primary Industries said at the High Court in Blenheim said last week.
The authority board of inquiry recognized the biosecurity value of the Papatua site for the applicant, New Zealand King Salmon, McCarthy said. If there was a disease outbreak at its farms in Queen Charlotte Sound and Pelorus Sound, Papatua had the advantage of being isolated and could be serviced from Wellington.