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Aquaculture Technical Advisory Group Report: Summary of Submissions published

Yachting New Zealand: In the past few days the Ministry of Fisheries has released both a summary of submissions and copies of all 223 submissions made in relation to the Technical Advisory Group’s Report to ‘Restart Aquaculture’. It was pleasing to see the large number of strong and well-argued submissions from the recreational boating sector and other aligned groups.

Copies of all submissions and a summary of these can be found on the Ministry of Fisheries website at http://www.fish.govt.nz/en-nz/consultations. The Ministry of Fisheries provided the following summary of submissions from our sector:

3.6 Recreational – boat owners

* Do not support the TAG’s recommendations due to giving the aquaculture industry special privilege over other users.
* Significant concerns are raised about the adverse effect aquaculture has on:
* Access to anchorage in sheltered bays for both enjoyment and safety. Further, concerns that proposed changes may impede representatives of recreational boat owners from making submissions on the proposed locations for aquaculture.
* Potential adverse effects on environment as environmental and social impact of large-scale aquaculture industry in New Zealand is perceived as not well understood or addressed in the report.
* Adverse effects on aesthetics due to litter from marine farm operators (e.g. sections of broken mooring buoy and line).
* Adverse effects on tourism.
* Preference is for aquaculture to be very carefully sited so as not to impact on other users (i.e. areas of little recreational or tourism value).
* Requests for no aquaculture or ensure no further expansion of aquaculture in specific areas, including Hauraki Gulf, Northland (East Coast), Nelson/Marlborough Sounds, Banks Peninsula, Fiordland, Stewart Island, Bay of Islands (expect for Waikare Inlet and Orongo Bay and Te Puna inlet).

YNZ will continue to seek a positive outcome for recreational boaties. Clearly 2010 is likely to be a critical year in making sure that recreational interests are not forgotten by Government as the push for more space for marine farming is made. Boaties need to be a less silent majority, and make sure their concerns are voiced. Now is a good time to talk to your local Member of Parliament – reinforce the points above and any other concerns you may have.

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