Fisheries Inshore welcomes High Court win on seabed mining
August 28, 2018
Media Release: Fisheries Inshore welcomes win in High Court on seabed mining
Fisheries Inshore New Zealand has welcomed the successful appeal against the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) decision to allow Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) to mine 50 million tonnes of seabed annually, and discharge 45 million tonnes of waste sediment into the waters off the coast of Taranaki for 35 years.
The appeals were lodged by Cloudy Bay Clams, New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen, Fisheries Inshore New Zealand, Southern Inshore Fisheries Management, Te Ohu Kaimoana, Talley’s Group, Greenpeace, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, Te Runanga O Ngati Ruanui Trust, Forest and Bird, Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board, and the Trustees of Te Kahui O Rauru.
TTR’s first application was refused in June 2014 after a Decision Making Committee (DMC) appointed by the EPA found the application was premature and more time should have been taken to understand the proposed operation, its effects on the receiving environment and existing interests.
Fisheries Inshore New Zealand (FINZ) chief executive, Dr Jeremy Helson, said TTR’s most recent application was almost identical to the first, and did not address the EPA’s key reasons for refusing TTR’s application in 2014.
“By allowing the appeal, the High Court has today confirmed our view that the application, and the DMC’s decision, were deficient. The Court quashed the decision saying the narrow interpretation of the adaptive management approach was inconsistent with the law.
“This is a good decision by the High Court and we are pleased this matter has again been rejected. It is clear from these failed attempts that a significant re-think is required on seabed mining,” said Helson.