Authorities put breaks on NZ King salmon expansion

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New Zealand King Salmon wanted to expand in the Marlborough Sounds.

A commissioner has declined one of New Zealand’s leading salmon farmers’ application to expand, saying it was “troubling” to see the waste “footprint” of the existing farm, reports Stuff.

John Mills put the breaks on the project, which wanted to increase the pen surface structures from 1.5 hectares to 2.25 hectares.

“I find it troubling that not only has the applicant failed to satisfactorily explain and address the reasons for the existing non‐compliance but has also applied to farm additional cages that are expected to further extend the depositional footprint,” he said.

NZ King Salmon sustainability and stakeholder manager Paul McIntyre told the publication that they were “clearly disappointed” and would be appealing.