The effort by Federal and provincial authorities underscores the importance of research in marine farming
, especially of shellfish, for health protection.
The Panel consists of eight members and includes experts representing various interests including the Environment Protection Authority, recreational boaters, marine farming
, marine resource management and local Government issues.
The changes to the Marine Farming
Planning Act will help to ensure environmental regulations keep pace with industry expansion.
The environmental science supporting the proposed environmental monitoring and management of salmon farming at Okehampton Bay; The adequacy of the environmental baseline data and surveys to allow the Director, Environment Protection Authority to establish a contemporary environmental management regime for the proposed marine farming
activity; and The adequacy of the plan to allow for the implementation of a contemporary environmental management regime.
Requirements under the Marine Farming
Planning Act 1995 include:
As an added safeguard, the purpose of the Marine Farming
Planning Amendment Bill 2016 is to modernise and strengthen the penalty and enforcement provisions as the industry continues to expand.
These amendments would also see demerit points reintroduced for Infringement Notices, which for serial breaches could ultimately see a marine farming
Strategy and policy panel chairman Bob Simcock said Waikato is already a leading marine farming
region, second only to the Marlborough Sounds in terms of production and jobs.
Deputy Premier Bryan Green today welcomed the decision which gives the green light to expand marine farming
in Macquarie Harbour and will create over 250 new jobs.