National marine acquaculture standard proposed
A proposed National Environmental Standard for Marine Aquaculture has been released, with the objective of making re-consenting marine farms more consistent and efficient.
- Address variations and regional inconsistencies in processing replacement permit applications for existing marine farms,
- Reduce New Zealand’s exposure to biosecurity risks,
- Enable better use of space within existing marine farms,
- Improve environmental outcomes.
The Ministry for Primary Industries says it will host a series of public meetings and hui where people can learn more about the proposed standard and ask questions directly of those involved.
Public consultation closes on 8 August 2017.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says the problem the new environmental standard addresses is the "bow wave" of 750 nationwide marine farms, or about 64 per cent of the industry, coming up for reconsenting in the next seven years.
"This is compounded by each council having different processes and rules and these processes and rules being changed with plan updates. This new environmental standard will save marine farmers tens of millions of dollars in consent renewals and ensure a more consistent approach to regulation of the industry.”
Last updated on the 16th September 2019