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Marine Farming: a threat to every sailor

Today Yachting New Zealand made a significant and full submission to the New Zealand Government. The submission is part of our advocacy against plans for the unimpeded and accelerated growth of aquaculture in all of the places 1.5 million New Zealanders want to go boating.

Our freedom of navigation in the coastal marine area, and access to sheltered bays for both enjoyment and safety can no longer be taken for granted.

Marine farms to grab four times current area under fast tracked rules

Although it is claimed that only 0.02% of the New Zealand coastline is taken for sea farms, as can be seen from the map, this area overlays some of New Zealand's finest cruising grounds and the grab of sea space proposed by the group will be a quadrupling of the size of sea farms in these cruising grounds and sheltered bays.

Aquaculture “Expert Group” concerns YNZ

An Aquaculture advisory group has been established, and existing regulations are under review by the Government. As co-users of the coastal marine environment we need to pay attention.

Yachting New Zealand has been monitoring with interest the matter of aquaculture reform, wanting to ensure that the interests of yachties and boaties get due consideration in this reform process.

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