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Marlborough Sounds salmon farms seek move

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/01/2017 Sean Martin

Six Marlborough Sounds salmon farms need to be relocated so they can meet new environmental guidelines.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has released a consultation document and wants public feedback.

"This is about making better use of existing aquaculture space, there is no proposed increase in the total surface area used for salmon farming," he said.

Mr Guy says the proposed new sites are further from residential properties and have stronger water currents, which reduce the environmental impact on the seabed.

Five of the six proposed relocation sites are in Pelorus Sound and one is in Tory Channel.

The farms are operated by New Zealand King Salmon, and public hearings on the proposed moves will be held in April.

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