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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.

Given that aquaculture areas are generally located in the best areas for cruising, the loss of cruising grounds is likely to be very significant. It is proposed that the requisition of cruising grounds take place in a fast tracked process which will ignore the use of such coastline for recreation and tourism.

Yachting New Zealand has written to all clubs asking them to make submissions to by Wednesday Dec 16th, 2009

Alternatively, submissions can be posted to:

Aquaculture Submissions
Ministry of Fisheries
PO Box 1020

An optional submission form is provided here. To use, please download and complete the word document and then email to the email address above.

Full article and more details are here

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