Yachting New Zealand has received a lot of feedback from our recent position paper on aquaculture. It is great that while publicising the issues and our position on this subject that we are also raising awareness.
YNZ encourage clubs to get in contact with their regional council to see how they can have input in to the process. This could be done in a number of ways including suggesting changes to the Regional Coastal Plan, being added to the Interested Parties list for new applications, or making submissions on applications in your area.
Waikato Times have reported that tendering for new space for fin fish farming off Coromandel could take space as early as February next year.
Recently Yachting New Zealand made a submission on an application by Westpac Mussels Distributors to establish a 125ha mussel farm on the eastern side of Stephenson Island, near Whangaroa Harbour in Northland. A copy of YNZ’s submission can be found here
A useful tool to help keep you informed of new applications for marine farms is to sign up to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s email alert service. Simply send an email to email@example.com to receive the updates. For more information visit the Ministry of Fisheries website