[30 April/NZ Farmer]

Work on fish food company Skretting’s controversial project at Okiwi Bay is just weeks away from completion. Skretting NZ Technical Manager, Ben Wybourne, said despite delays, most of the main equipment and systems had been installed. He added that they would have their fish within the next two months. There was fierce opposition from Okiwi Bay residents who protested and provided submissions to voice their concerns over noise, light pollution and environmental impacts. The Marlborough District Council received 219 submissions in relation to the application, of which 209 were opposed to it. Skretting received the final go-ahead in late February 2017, and was required to extend the fixed location of its discharge pipeline to a 200m distance at high tide from the mean high water mark. Mr Wybourne added the appeal had delayed construction by at least six months and had added cost to the project.