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The Importance of Aquaculture in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND - Moves to facilitate development of the aquaculture industry will be considered this year by the new Parliament. In legal terms, the proposed changes will correct problems with the current law and improve its operation.

They should reduce, if not eliminate, some of the problems that have vexed officials and innovators alike and, in the opinion of some, stymied growth.

According to TheGisborneHerald, the proposals are embraced by the Aquaculture Legislation Amendment Bill (No2) on which the public may make submissions to Parliament's primary production committee until February 5.

The new law will provide opportunity to negotiate aquaculture agreements with relevant commercial fishers where a permit would previously have been declined, due to its adverse effect on commercial fishing.

Where agreement is reached with commercial fishers, it means an applicant will be granted a marine farming or spat-catching permit.

The new law also proposes better provision for research and innovation by allowing experimental aquaculture outside of an Aquaculture Management Area (AMA) in operative regional coastal plans.

the Fish Site Editor

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