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New law milestone for Aquaculture

19 August 2011

New law milestone for Aquaculture

The passing of the Aquaculture Legislation Amendment Bill (No 3) is a milestone for the aquaculture industry, according to Aquaculture New Zealand Chief Executive Mike Burrell.

Mr Burrell said the third reading marked a successful end to a long and thorough reform process which has delivered a law that will see industry put the doldrums of the lost decade behind it.

“The third reading brings us to the end of a process that set out to fix a law that had stifled growth and led to a decade of missed opportunity for New Zealand,” Mr Burrell said.

“The new law will put the New Zealand aquaculture industry back on a sustainable growth path that will allow it to meet its billion dollar goal.”

“The industry can now fulfil its promise of generating sustained and sustainable growth and jobs in New Zealand’s regions at a time when that is most needed.”

“We congratulate the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Phil Heatley and the Government for delivering this new law.”

“We welcome the cross-party support for aquaculture reform, which will ensure a durable regulatory regime for aquaculture.”

“We would also like to acknowledge the work of officials, Iwi, and councils in bringing about this significant change,” Mr Burrell said.

Mr Burrell said that the focus would now move to the implementation of the new legislation to enable aquaculture to achieve its billion-dollar goal.

“Aquaculture takes place in the common marine and coastal area alongside existing users, including quota owners, Iwi, recreational fishers, boaties, and other New Zealanders. This is why a planned, consultative approach through the RMA process is the best way forward.”

“We are confident this law will enable industry to effectively implement its strategy and grow sustainably towards its goal of being a billion dollar industry by 2025,” Mr Burrell said.

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