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Marine Farm Zones To Get Council Scrutiny

Auckland City Council will look at ways to create marine areas for the specific use of marine farms in the Hauraki Gulf and Manukau Harbour.

City planners will work with the Auckland Regional Council to identify marine sites which could become zoned aquaculture management areas. Marine farms would be prohibited outside the zones.

The Government has halted all new marine farm applications for two years to enable the areas to be identified and zoned.

City Development committee chairperson Juliet Yates says marine farms should not be located in the Hauraki Gulf and Manukau Harbour to the detriment of people’s enjoyment and safety.

“For example, they should not be located in bays where yachts shelter. Private benefit should not outweigh the public interest.”

The committee has resolved that marine farm zones should not be located in areas of significant natural beauty, in safe anchorages, within one kilometre of bathing beaches, where access to the foreshore would be compromised, or in addition to existing marine farms within the inner islands.

It further recommends that the regional council investigate inland fish farming sites.

Cr Yates says it is sometimes possible to take salt water inland so that marine farms can be located away from beaches and harbours but with access to the sea. “Innovative thinking can enable these important marine activities to expand without detracting from our beautiful coast.”

Auckland City will continue working with the regional council to find suitable sites for aquaculture management areas within the Auckland region.

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