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Council Objects to NZ King Salmon Expansion

NEW ZEALAND - The Malborough District Council has lodged a submission to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) highlighting two concerns with an application by New Zealand King Salmon to expand its operations in the Marlborough Sounds.

The Councils submission identifies two key issues with the proposal: the precedent-setting impact of granting this application and the effect that it would have on the existing provisions of the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan managing marine farming.

Council Environment Committee chairman Peter Jerram says the Council is not opposed to salmon farming but it has areas specifically zoned for this type of marine farming and King Salmon is seeking approval to establish farms outside those areas.

He says the Council is opposing the King Salmon application because it would set a precedent for other applicants seeking private plan changes in the Sounds which would lead to an undesirable ad hoc approach to planning.

He also says Council has concerns that the proposed plan changes would provide solely for the interests of New Zealand King Salmon without also giving full consideration to the broader format and workability of the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan.

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