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New Laws for a New Beginning in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND - New legislation is to be introduced in New Zealand aiming to rectify current laws that were set down in 2001 and have resulted in a situation that has strangled the opportunity for marine farming.

The industry has complained about the shambolic state of the industry since the Government first intervened in 2001, fearing a "goldrush" in marine farms would ruin the aquatic environment, reports the New Zealand Herald.

The news agency says that a moratorium on applications between 2001 and 2004 was lifted in 2005 with the intention that applications could only be made into designated management areas.

Since then no new aquaculture areas have been set up and also the courts threw a spanners in the works when ruling aquaculture activities could be allowed outside designated management areas.

According to the New Zealand Herald, David Benson-Pope said last year that the Environment Court ruling seriously impacts on major elements of legislation such as the creation of management areas, allocation of space to iwi, testing for effects on fisheries, tendering and private plan changes.

View the New Zealand Herald story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy

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