August 03, 2023
Foveaux Strait salmon farm plan nixed
Ngāi Tahu’s 2021 aquaculture agreement with the crown has taken a blow with and independent panel declining a resource consent for an open ocean salmon farm off the north-eastern coast of Stewart Island/Rakiura.
The panel set up by the Environment Protection Agency said it declined the consent for Ngāi Tahu Seafood’s Hananui Aquaculture Project ‘’with a heavy heart’’ as it would have had enormous benefit for Ngāi Tahu whānui, Rakiura and the wider Southland community.
The salmon were to be housed in floating pens across four farms between two and six kilometres into Te Ara a Kiwa/Foveaux Strait.
The operation would cover 2500 hectares and produce up to 16,000 tonnes of fish a year.
The panel said the large scale and dispersed salmon farms would result in a major step change to a receiving environment that was relatively unmodified by human activities, with very high natural character from a notable absence of any permanent marine structures and a relatively low level of human activity.
The company is reviewing the decision.