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Aquaculture welcomes Government plans for reform

Aquaculture welcomes Government plans for reform

Aquaculture New Zealand Chairman Peter Vitasovich welcomes the announcement today of government’s plans for reform to help boost the sector's potential to generate sustainable economic growth for New Zealand.

“After a lost decade it is extremely encouraging to see the significant initiatives the government has outlined today” said Mr Vitasovich. “The plans for reform are a tangible demonstration that the government recognises aquaculture can make an important contribution to the growth of New Zealand’s economy.”

In particular the industry welcomes:
• the identification of a lead Minister – the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture
• the establishment of a dedicated business unit within government
• that government is taking a lead role in planning for the sustainable growth of aquaculture, providing leadership and clear guidance under the new regime
• that the reforms are directed towards simplification and streamlining of processes and increasing investment certainty

Aquaculture New Zealand has been encouraged so far by the government’s willingness to work with the industry, iwi and regional councils during the development of these policies. The industry supports continued consultation towards a regime that will meet the government’s aims, for more certainty and efficiency in the planning process and to realise the growth potential of this world class industry.


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