Salmon farm decision sets dangerous precedent
28 February 2013
Salmon farm decision sets
The New Zealand Environmental
Protection Authority (EPA) has run roughshod over local
democracy by allowing four new salmon farms in the
Marlborough Sounds, said Green Party fisheries spokesperson
Mr Browning was responding to the final
decision by the EPA Board of Inquiry to allow new salmon
farms in areas of the Marlborough Sounds in which
aquaculture was prohibited under the Marlborough District
Council’s district plan.
“New Zealanders don’t want
companies overruling their community plans and polluting
their pristine recreational water space, but that’s what
this decision does,” said Mr Browning.
told that the four salmon farms approved today could create
the human effluent equivalent of 143,000 people.
decision sets a dangerous precedent that companies can apply
to build marine farms anywhere on New Zealand’s coastline.
“Not even areas identified by communities as off limits
for development are safe.”
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