The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Marlborough District Council (MDC) are continuing work to achieve long-term sustainability for existing New Zealand King Salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds by investigating some potential alternative sites.
One of the options to promote better outcomes is the relocation of some existing New Zealand King Salmon farms that have low water flow to higher flow locations.
An information gathering process to determine if relocation of some farms is appropriate is underway. As part of this work, the effects on social, cultural, and recreational values needs to be better understood. Some groups and individuals may be approached in the coming weeks to contribute their views.
As another part of the work led by MPI and MDC, the Marlborough Sounds Salmon Working Group’s third meeting was held earlier this week to continue exploring the options to implement the Best Management Practice Guidelines for Salmon farming in the Marlborough Sounds.
The Group have visited potential relocation sites in the outer Pelorus Sound and have just visited potential relocation sites in Tory Channel during their most recent meeting, which was held on August 10th.
The Marlborough Sounds Salmon Working Group includes representation from the Marlborough District Council, Ministry for Primary Industries, Department of Conservation, community and interest groups, iwi, marine farming interests, and New Zealand King Salmon.