[14 February/Radio NZ]

A report has recommended that three Marlborough Sounds salmon farms should be relocated to help improve the environment. The report which made this recommendation was written by an independent advisory panel who considered submissions and public hearings on the proposal to relocate up to six Marlborough Sounds salmon farms to more sustainable sites. The report noted that relocating three of the farms would allow the New Zealand King Salmon company to improve the environment by reducing the effects on the seabed, and improving fish health without having to sacrifice jobs or profits. The three farms are in Otanerau Bay, Waihinau Bay, and Ruakaka Bay. Fisheries Minister, Stuart Nash, said he is still some months away from making a final decision on what to do.