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Hearings on King Salmon a Wakeup Call

The hearings under way currently on the proposal to move fine King Salmon farms to "High Flow" areas of the Sounds from the current "Low Flow" areas that have permanently polluted are a clear sign of what we should expect here should the sea-farming proposals currently being promoted and tendered by the WRC go ahead. 

The situation is almost exactly replicated here in the Gulf, with no clear evidence to date that the tidal flow is anywhere near adequate to deal with the pollution that will inevitably result. 

Here is the an extract from today's 'Whaleoil" blog post that that entirely reflects my own view on the situation:

"The fact that there isn’t a single reason for these new farms, with the company, the council and the employees all stating different reasons, sets off a number of red flags.   Why your own employees would make submissions because they fear that they might not be able to have a job unless King Salmon gets to move the farms is rather worrying to me.  What do they know that we don’t?

The way National is going about things these days, all this consultation will be moot anyway.  A backroom deal that won’t be on an agenda, minuted or announced will quietly make its way into the process allowing King Salmon to expand its operation.  Nathan Guy has all but signalled that he’s willing to assist to get this past all the other stakeholders that are essentially against it. (My bold!)

They have already been uneasy neighbours.  There is no “right” for King Salmon to expand further and take more public resource away from the rest of the population.  Unlike the water that falls freely from the sky and is then bottled and sold, once you convert the Sounds to salmon farms, they are no longer a public resource.  It’s similar to allowing a company to build a factory on DOC land.

The real problem KS is facing is that their current farms are affected by the cumulative waste that has built up underneath them, causing yields to drop and diseases to strike more frequently.  Moving them for “environmental” reasons is basically just so they can start again, but this time in a high flow area, so they hope to push a similar point where they have “over fished” their farm well into the future."



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