Media release from Environment Minister David Parker and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash:
The Government is moving to cut the complexity involved with re-consenting existing marine farms by creating a consistent set of rules across the country.
Cabinet has approved policy provisions for the drafting of a National Environmental Standard for Marine Aquaculture (NES). Following drafting of the new regulations, the NES will go to Cabinet for a final decision in early 2020, Environment Minister David Parker and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash said.
“The NES cuts red tape by standardising rules nationally for renewals of existing marine farms.
“This achieves the right balance for industry and councils,” David Parker said.