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Salmon Farm Sites Nominated

NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand King Salmon has named locations in the Marlborough Sounds where it wants to set up eight new salmon farms.

According to the Nelson Mail, the company applied to the Environmental Protection Authority for permission to set up the farms within days of the Aquaculture Legislation Amendment Act (No 3) coming into force.

The proposed salmon farm locations are at Ruaomoko Point, Kaitapeha Bay and Ngamahau Bay, just off Arapawa Island; Richmond Bay, Taipipi, Wymens Bay and White Horse Rock in the Waitata Reach, and Papatua in Port Gore.

NZ King Salmon intends to increase its production from 8900 tonnes to 15,000 tonnes by 2015 with the new sites, which are 16.5 hectares each except for Papatua, which is 91ha, and Ruaomoko, which is 14.1ha. Most of the salmon farms take up 1ha of waterspace, with 15ha needed for the anchoring system.

The company spent 15 months looking for suitable sites around the Marlborough Sounds and invested $2 million into scientifically proving the eight sites were suitable for salmon farming for its EPA application.

Mr Rosewarne said he was confident the application would get the go-ahead.

"We can create huge value, using a tiny amount of space, while farming sustainably in perpetuity. I cannot believe that our application will not be granted and we have no backup plan," he said.

"If we are successful in obtaining eight sites we will not need any more for the foreseeable future."

Under the new legislation, preference is given to the company which investigates and proves that an area is suitable for aquaculture and allows companies, such as NZ King Salmon, to apply for resource consent at the same time they apply to change the use of the area. Being able to lodge both applications in parallel speeds up the process in establishing new aquaculture sites.

If NZ King Salmon's application is given the go-ahead it hopes to start creating the farms in a year and have all eight farms running within three years.

"We will slowly build them up to one hectare using sound biosecurity and environmental practices," Mr Rosewarne said.

the Fish Site Editor

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