Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Coronavirus: New Zealand’s First Ocean Salmon Farm Sees Hearing Postponed

A fish boss is concerned more salmon will die after a hearing on the country's first "open ocean" salmon farm was delayed by coronavirus.

New Zealand King Salmon was met with mixed responses earlier this year when it asked to set up a farm in the cold waters off Marlborough, after years of hot summers causing its salmon to die in their pens.

It originally looked at holding an online hearing over several days in June when coronavirus first hit New Zealand, but last week decided to seek an adjournment to match the "extraordinary times".

NZ King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne said the decision, spurred by submitters, meant the company would need to face more summers in Marlborough Sounds waters, which were heating up.

"That means we have to confront higher mortality rates," he said.

It would revisit the hearing process after the lockdown ended.

The company had hoped to build the farm within a 1792-hectare site in the ocean - a New Zealand first. It said the farming operation would take up a small fraction of the site, located 7km north of Cape Lambert.

The Marlborough District Council received 56 submissions on the application, with 41 in support, 14 against, and one neutral. Those opposing were concerned it was "premature" due to its "lack of sufficient information" and "significant adverse environmental" effects.

Rosewarne said NZ King Salmon would use the additional time to "hopefully" address the concerns of submitters before the hearing, which could reduce the amount of attendees, and speed up the process.

It would also explore how the hearing could safely go ahead.

Council administrator and hearings facilitator Sue Bulfield-Johnston said four submitters had written in asking for the hearing to be postponed, saying they could not collect back-up evidence during the lockdown.

The submitters, who all opposed the application, estimated in an email they would need three months to gather field evidence and experts statements once the lockdown was lifted, set down for mid-May.

Friends of Nelson Haven and Tasman Bay representative Rob Schuckard also voiced concerns that the proposed video call software 'Zoom' was not be secure enough, and that his internet connection in the Marlborough Sounds would affect his ability to join a virtual hearing.

Bulfield-Johnston said that fact that virtual meetings could exclude some submitters created concerns about whether they allowed for a fair processes, which should give "natural justice to all parties".

Each group must agree to holding a virtual hearing before one could take place, or provide their reasons on why it wasn't suitable, she said.

Rosewarne said if approved, NZ King Salmon's open ocean farm was a "shovel ready" project which could increase employment opportunities and contribute majority to the rebound of New Zealand's economy.

"It would create about 300 jobs on our team, plus flow-ons from that."

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Eric Zuesse: U.S. Empire: Biden And Kerry Gave Orders To Ukraine’s President

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Strategic Culture On May 19th, an implicit international political warning was issued, but it wasn’t issued between countries; it was issued between allied versus opposed factions within each of two countries: U.S. and Ukraine. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Budget Cockups In The Time Of Coronavirus: Reporting Errors And Australia’s JobKeeper Scheme

Hell has, in its raging fires, ringside seats for those who like their spreadsheets. The seating, already peopled by those from human resources, white collar criminals and accountants, becomes toastier for those who make errors with those spreadsheets. ... More>>

The Dig - COVID-19: Just Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis is compelling us to kick-start investment in a regenerative and zero-carbon future. We were bold enough to act quickly to stop the virus - can we now chart a course for a just recovery? More>>

The Conversation: Are New Zealand's New COVID-19 Laws And Powers Really A Step Towards A Police State?

Reaction to the New Zealand government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown has ranged from high praise to criticism that its actions were illegal and its management chaotic. More>>

Keith Rankin: Universal Versus Targeted Assistance, A Muddled Dichotomy

The Commentariat There is a regular commentariat who appear on places such as 'The Panel' on Radio New Zealand (4pm on weekdays), and on panels on television shows such as Newshub Nation (TV3, weekends) and Q+A (TV1, Mondays). Generally, these panellists ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Welcome Deaths: Coronavirus And The Open Plan Office

For anybody familiar with that gruesome manifestation of the modern work place, namely the open plan office, the advent of coronavirus might be something of a relief. The prospects for infection in such spaces is simply too great. You are at risk from ... More>>

Caitlin Johnstone: Do You Consent To The New Cold War?

The world's worst Putin puppet is escalating tensions with Russia even further, with the Trump administration looking at withdrawal from more nuclear treaties in the near future. In addition to planning on withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Why Thinking Makes It So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth. Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed. Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump’s ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics (and Some Of The Economics) Of Lifting The Lockdown

As New Zealand passes the half-way mark towards moving out of Level Four lockdown, the trade-offs involved in life-after-lockdown are starting to come into view. All very well for National’s finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith to claim that “The number one priority we have is to get out of the lockdown as soon as we can”…Yet as PM Jacinda Ardern pointed out a few days ago, any crude trade-off between public health and economic well-being would be a false choice... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell And Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly ... More>>


  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog