Marlborough salmon relocation

Closing Date:

Contact: Aquaculture unit

Email: aquaculture.submissions@mpi.govt.nz

Updates

27 April 2017 - Notice on contacting the hearings facilitator

All persons/organisations recorded as wanting to be heard have now been contacted. If you stated in your written comment that you wished to be heard but have not been contacted, email or call the Hearings Facilitator as soon as possible.

Hearings Facilitator: Louise Walker
Email: salmonfarmhearing@gmail.com
Phone: 021 0272 0973


20 April  2017 – Panel meetings of expert witnesses 

The Marlborough Salmon Farm Relocations Advisory Panel will hold meetings of expert witnesses in relation to certain issues. 

Information about the timing, issues, experts and meeting process [PDF, 566 KB]

13 April  2017 – Public hearings

Information about the public hearings has moved to a separate 'hearings' page where you'll find:

  • the whole of government and expert planner's presentations given on 10 April
  • a Cawthron Institute report on salmon farm effects on king shag (a supplementary report to the whole of government presentation)
  • other daily presentations and transcripts from the public hearings
  • weekly hearing schedules.

7 April  2017 – Summary of written comments and factual report available

To assist people in preparing for public hearings, MPI has released a summary of written comments of those received during the consultation, including late comments, which closed on 27 March 2017. A brief factual report has also been provided. Both the summary and factual report have been independently written by MWH, now part of Stantec.


4 April  2017 – Written comments available

MPI has released the written comments received from the public and iwi authorities during the consultation, which closed on 27 March 2017.


31 March 2017 – Public hearings

The Marlborough Salmon Farm Relocations Advisory Panel will hold hearings in Blenheim during April and May 2017. The hearings are a chance for the public and iwi authorities to speak to their written comments on the proposals. Those who indicated they wished to be heard will be contacted to arrange a suitable time and date. Anyone is welcome to attend and listen to the hearings.

After the hearings, the panel will provide a report and recommendations to the Minister for Primary Industries on the comments received through this consultation process on the proposed regulations.


14 March 2017 Errata

Following review, some minor errors and inconsistencies were identified in the consultation document and the Summary assessment of  environmental effects (AEE) document.  

The errata provide corrections for the areas (shown as hectares) of an existing farm and potential relocation sites.

All technical reports' findings (AEE reports) remain valid as they were based on the correct figures. These errors do not have an impact on the rest of the AEE and consultation document.

Full details are in the errata documents:

Consultation closed

Until 27 March 2017, the Minister for Primary Industries sought your views on a proposal to amend the Marlborough Sounds resource management plan to enable relocation of up to 6 salmon farms.

Relocation is being considered as a way to:

  • ensure the environmental outcomes from salmon farming are improved through implementation of benthic (seabed) best management practice 
  • potentially improve the social and cultural outcomes from salmon farming by creating jobs
  • move salmon farms away from areas of high-competing use
  • maintain or increase the economic benefits from salmon farming.

This proposal provides for industry growth through more efficient use of marine farming space, rather than from creating additional new space. In short, it’s about getting better outcomes from the same amount of space. The extent of benefits would depend on the number of farms relocated and the sites they move to, which is why the Minister wants to hear your views.

Consultation was open from 26 January 2017 until 27 March 2017. Public drop-ins were held during the consultation period.

Consultation documents

Related documents

Background to the proposal

It's important to the Government, iwi, the public, and the aquaculture industry that the effects of salmon farming on the marine environment are managed well. A key step was developing the Best management practice guidelines for salmon farming in the Marlborough Sounds: Benthic environmental quality standards and monitoring protocol (benthic guidelines).

The guidelines provide a framework, endorsed by the community, science experts and industry leaders, to ensure effective monitoring and management of the effects of salmon farming on the seabed. The Marlborough District Council, the Ministry for Primary Industries, and NZ King Salmon are committed to implementing the benthic guidelines at all of NZ King Salmon's farms.

Download the benthic best practice guidelines [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Six of 11 farms identified for relocation

NZ King Salmon has resource consents for 11 salmon farms within the Marlborough Sounds. There are 6 consented salmon farms in lower-flow areas, and these will have difficulty complying with the guidelines without significantly reducing production. The Minister proposes relocating some or all of the 6 farms.

The potential relocation of these farms to sites where the water is deeper and has higher flows would provide for a more sustainable, productive, and resilient industry without increasing the total amount of surface space occupied by salmon farm structures.

Salmon farms to be considered for relocation

Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound:

  • Ruakaka Bay
  • Otanerau

Te Hoiere/Pelorus Sound:

  • Forsyth Bay
  • Waihinau Bay
  • Crail Bay (2 farms). The Crail Bay sites have not been stocked since 2011.

Potential salmon farm relocation sites

Te Hoiere/Pelorus Sound:

  • Blowhole Point North
  • Blowhole Point South
  • Waitata Mid-Channel
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Richmond Bay South

Kura Te Au/Tory Channel:

  • Tio Point

Map 1 – Existing & Potential Relocation Site Te Hōiere/Pelorus Sound [PDF, 5.7 MB]
Map 2 – Existing & Potential Relocation Site, Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound [PDF, 5.9 MB]

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Public drop-ins

Drop-in meetings were held during the consultation in Havelock, Blenheim, Picton, Nelson, Portage and Waitaria Bay.

Written comments are public information

Any written comments you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all written comments under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA. Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your written comment. Reasons might include, it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.


Questions and answers

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Technical Reports – Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEEs)

Navigation

Landscape values

Benthic (seabed)

Social values, noise

Cultural values

Economic values

Marine mammals

Pelagic fish, underwater lighting

Biosecurity

Tourism and Recreation

Heritage

Disease

Seabirds

Water quality, discharges (greywater, copper and zinc)

Operations

Engineering

 

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