Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Forest & Bird concerned at giant salmon farms decision

20 December 2012

Forest & Bird concerned at Marlborough Sounds giant salmon farms decision

Conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned that a significant area of the Marlborough Sounds will be ruined by four large salmon farms given the go-ahead by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA has granted interim permission for four new salmon farms to be built in the Marlborough Sounds, despite evidence from residents, environmental and boating groups, the Marlborough District Council, and the Department of Conservation, that the plans would spoil natural values and ignore the wishes of the local community.

However, permission was declined for another four of the eight new farms that New Zealand King Salmon wants to build.

Forest & Bird’s Top of the South Field Officer, Debs Martin, says she has mixed feelings about the decision.

“It’s great the commissioners have been convinced that four of the new farms would ruin the places they were going to be built. So in that sense, it’s a victory,” she says.

“However, four sites in the Marlborough Sounds will soon be blighted by large-scale industrial activity, on a scale not experienced before.

“Port Gore, for example, is a wilderness area that should remain so. Applications to build marine farms in Port Gore have been turned down before because it is considered an outstanding landscape. We are at a loss to know what’s changed.

“If Port Gore can’t be protected, are no unspoilt areas in the Marlborough Sounds safe from development?” she asks.

Debs Martin says the decision runs roughshod over the area’s district plan, negotiated by the community over a decade, about where industrial marine activity could occur in the Sounds.

“Under the district plan, these sites were protected. The process of private plan changes by vested interests makes for poor and piecemeal outcomes,” she says.

“The proposed farms are large, and will have portacabins, nets, and a large number of boats operating around them. They will fundamentally change the nature of where they are sited.

“This process also highlights the difficulties in dealing with applications under the EPA.

“Normal council processes would allow small groups and individuals to submit on consents, and have them heard in an accessible and fair manner. The NZKS hearing became a quasi Environment Court where only well-paid lawyers could keep pace,” Debs Martin says.

The EPA’s decision grants permission for farms to be built in Papatua (Port Gore), Ngamahau, Waitata and Richmond. Permission was not given for farms to be built in Kaitapeha, Ruaomoko, Kaitira and Tapipi. Permission was also declined to convert the White Horse Rock mussel farm to a salmon farm.

The EPA’s findings can be found here: http://www.epa.govt.nz/Resource-management/king-salmon

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences.

Such is the power of the economic orthodoxy that when opposition parties arise – say, in the shape of the Greens – their “credibility” is measured by the extent to which they give the appearance of learning and abiding by the ruling consensus.

The tension between the desire for change – and the inability of the current political framework to deliver it – creates openings for populists of all stripes. It is what has made the emergence of Internet Mana so interesting. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Electorate Deals

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling; 2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping; 3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and 4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

ALSO:


Nick Smith v Fish & Game:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Valedictory Season: Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament Thursday outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news