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Preliminary approval for marine farm on West Coast

NEW ZEALAND - The Ministry of Fisheries has given a preliminary go-ahead to the first major marine farm development on the West Coast.</b> <br><br> The 45.5 hectare farm will be located about 1km offshore in Jackson Bay, near Fiordland. <br><br> The Ministry&#39;s aquaculture manager, Dan Lees, says in making the decision the ministry had to judge whether it would unduly effect fishing or the sustainability of fishing resources in the area. <br><br> He says particular attention was paid whether the farm would have an impact on Hector&#39;s Dolphins and Fiordland Crested Penguins. <br><br> However, the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society says it is disappointed by the Ministry of Fisheries&#39; decision. <br><br> <i>Source: Radio New Zealand</i>

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