[5 March/ Stuff]

The Marlborough Sound’s community do not want salmon farms relocated in the Pelorus Sound. In a meeting between residents of the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the two groups failed to agree on the best solution to relocating six New Zealand King Salmon farms in the Pelorus Sound. Crail Bay resident Joop Jansen said no-one in the community, or in the government knows the consequences of the proposed farm relocation, adding no one trusts New Zealand King Salmon or MPI because they will not admit to potential problems.  MPI has found the move would bring environmental and economic benefits such as contributing up to $49 million annually to Marlborough’s GDP, and up to 511 fulltime jobs over 10 to 15 years as the sites are relocated and then developed in stages. Mr Jansen’s wife, Hanneke Kroon, said creating five marine reserves in the area would have more economic benefit than five salmon farms.