Salmon farm’s growth cause for concern?
A Pelorus eco-tourism operator says the Sounds community should start talking to each other about their response to New Zealand King Salmon’s application for eight new salmon farms in areas where aquaculture is now banned.
A board of inquiry will look at the application under the Environment Protection Authority, and the public is expected to be able to make submissions early next year.
Tui Nature Reserve owner Brian Plaisier said he had grave concerns over the speed at which King Salmon’s application was likely to be processed, considering the long-term effects it would have on both the environment and future aquaculture policy.
The potential for the King Salmon decision to set a precedent for other aquaculture companies to bypass the Marlborough District Council’s plan change processes was just as concerning as King Salmon’s application itself, he said.
“We’re asking decision-makers to be very careful about the future of the Sounds. If there’s going to be a positive outcome for King Salmon’s application then we see there being a lot more following suit,” he said.