Proposed National Environmental Standard for Marine Aquaculture

This page has information on the proposed National Environmental Standard for Marine Aquaculture which the Government is currently consulting on.

About the proposed National Environmental Standard for Marine Aquaculture

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing primary sectors in the world and an opportunity for national and regional economic growth in New Zealand.

The Ministry for Primary Industries in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation is proposing a National Environmental Standard for Marine Aquaculture (NES). 

The proposal aims to:

  • address variations and regional inconsistencies in processing replacement permit applications for existing marine farms
  • reduce New Zealand’s exposure to biosecurity risks
  • enable better use of space within existing marine farms
  • Improve environmental outcomes.

Government agencies have worked with an expert reference group to provide advice on and test the proposed NES. The reference group includes members of local government, the aquaculture industry, Te Ohu Kaimoana, and environmental organisations. Feedback from this consultation will be used to further refine the proposal. A decision on the proposed NES will be made in 2018.

Have your say

To find out more about the proposed NES and provide feedback, see Proposed national environmental standard for marine aquaculture on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.

Public consultation closes on 8 August 2017.  A series of public meetings and hui will be held as part of the consultation. 

Reviewed:
14/06/17