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National Environmental Standards for Marine Aquaculture

The Government is implementing National Environmental Standards for Marine Aquaculture.

About the National Environmental Standards 

National Environmental Standards for Marine Aquaculture (NES-MA) will come into force on 1 December 2020. The Minister for the Environment recommended the making of the NES-MA to the Governor-General on 27 July 2020.  

The NES-MA set national rules that replace regional council rules for existing marine farms except where the NES-MA allows regional council rules to remain in force.   The NES-MA will ensure existing marine farms meet best environmental practice while providing a more certain and efficient process for:

  • replacement consents for existing marine farms
  • realignment of farms
  • applications to change farmed species.

What is marine aquaculture?

Marine aquaculture involves the breeding, hatching, cultivating, rearing or ongrowing of fish, aquatic life, or seaweed for harvest where the farm is occupying the coastal marine area. 

Find out more about the NES-MA