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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Morgan on the sea

"To begin with, if there really is an economic benefit from salmon farming, then they should pay rates – substantial ones, just like land users. These rates should be used to finance the council to set standards for environmental management, just as they do on land.

We also need to sort out how to use ocean space, just as we have done on land. We need to zone the coastal ocean, starting with the Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds. This process, called integrated marine spatial planning, is now commonplace overseas, but has not been picked up in New Zealand. By comparison, we are quite backward."

Gareth Morgan adds intelligent comment to the Aquaculture/King Salmon debate.

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