Timeline on Aquaculture
This timeline takes a focused look at one on New Zealand’s biggest aquaculture industries. It is current to July 2012, and some future dates should be considered indicative only, as indicated. Currently, New Zealand King Salmon (NZKS) wants to expand its farming operations in the Marlborough Sounds by almost 200%. Their proposal is currently before a Board of Inquiry appointed by the Minister of Conservation, and administered by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The Board of Inquiry’s decision on King Salmon’s proposed expansion will be the first of its kind for a commercial and non-infrastructure based project. There are significant environmental and economic issues at play. The Board of Inquiry will return its decision by the end of 2012.
The McGuinness Institute will be following the progression of this proposal, and will update this timeline as new information comes available.
- 14 December 2012: Draft report and decision issued.
- 31 August 2012: Updated Board of Inquiry Hearing Schedule released.
- 27 August 2012: AECOM Planning report – final, to be provided to the EPA. (Not yet available online).
- 27 August 2012: Water column expert witness caucusing conference held. Joint statement available here.
- 27 August 2012: NZKS Board of Inquiry hearing commences. The commencement date was shifted by two weeks from 13th August to 27th August.
- 23 August 2012: Social impacts expert witness caucusing conference held. Joint Witness Statement available here.
- 22 August 2012: Due date for the filing of Applicant’s rebuttal evidence. This was extended from 17 August 2012 to 22 August. Rebuttal evidence can be found here.
- 17 August 2012: Due date for notice to Board of wish to cross examine a witness.
- 17 August 2012: Due date for identification of contested issues from NZKS. Memoranda on contested issues can be found here.
- 17 August 2012: Landscape, visual and natural character expert witness conference held. Joint statement available here.
- 13 August - 26 August 2012: The Board proposed to use these two weeks to pre-read evidence.
- 10 August 2012: Due date for filing of submitters' evidence. This was extended by two weeks from 27th July. Submitters' evidence can be found here.
- 7 August 2012: Pre-hearing conference scheduled, 10am on Tuesday 7th August 2012 at the Civic Theatre, Arthur Street, Blenheim.
- 3 August 2012: Updated Inquiry Procedures and Notice of Hearing of the Board.
- 3 August 2012 (5pm): Date for advising the EPA of wish to be heard. Even if a party had indicated a wish to be heard in their original submission, they need to re-confirm their wish to be heard by 3 August 2012
- 3 August 2012 (1pm): Date for parties to confer and provide any proposals/comments on the matter of the proposed order of hearing.
- 31 July 2012: Peer Review NIWA report on Water Column Report.
- 30 July 2012: Board minute No. 7 of the Board of Inquiry, extending the date of the applicant's rebuttal evidence from 17th August to the 22nd August.
- 25 July 2012: Board minute No 6 extends deadline for filing of submitters evidence, and changes the date which the Board of Inquiry hearing is to start, both by two weeks to August 10th and August 27th respectively.
- 24 July 2012: ChanceryGreen facilitated a meeting between representatives of NZKS and the Minister of Conservation, held in Nelson.
- 16 July 2012: ChanceryGreen facilitated two public meetings meetings on navigation and recreation and tourism
- 10 July 2012: Grant Rosewarne responds to the article in Sunday Star Times about salmon deaths in the Waihinau farms.
- 8 July 2012: Press report higher than normal mortality rate for salmon in the Waihinau farm.
- 5 July 2012: ChanceryGreen facilitated two hui that were held with Te Atiawa Manawhenua ki Te Tau Ihu Trust (Te Atiawa), and the Ngāti Koata Trust Board (Ngāti Koata).
- 29 June 2012: The Board of Inquiry decides to appoint a peer reviewer, Mr Niall Broekhuizen to review the nutrient modelling of NZKS’ proposed farms.
- 28 & 29 June 2012: Board of Inquiry updates Inquiry Procedures with date changes. Meeting minutes available here.
- 26 June 2012:Progress report from Commissioner Marlene Oliver on the Expert Witness Conferences.
- 25 & 26 June 2012: Submitter facilitation meetings, conducted by ChanceryGreen are held in Blenheim, covering effects on marine environment – birds and animals, benthic, water quality; competing uses – tourism, navigation, recreational uses; and effects on amenity values – noise, smell, landscape.
- 22 June 2012: NZKS' primary evidence submitted. Planning evidence, corporate and consultation evidence, demand and economic evidence, amenity matter, structure and navigation, and marine science evidence.
- 15 June 2012: AECOM, a resource management planner releases its first draft of Planning Report.
- 15 June 2012: Minister of Conservation lodges application requesting a peer review of NZKS' water column and related calibration report.
- 6 June 2012: Board of Inquiry sets out inquiry procedures and notice of hearing of the board.
- 1 June 2012: Further submissions close.
- 31 May 2012: Board of Inquiry meets for fourth time. Minutes are set out here.
- 19 May 2012: Notification of summary of submissions. EPA calls for further submissions.
- 2 May 2012: First round of public submissions close.
- 16 April 2012: Marlborough District Council lodge their submission with the EPA in opposition to NZKS’ expansion.
- 31 March 2012: EPA publically notifies of the Minister’s direction. Public submissions open.
- 23 March 2012:Board of Inquiry meets for a third time. Minutes can be found here.
- 14 February 2012: EPA board of inquiry releases decision to accept the plan changerequests for consideration.
- 7 & 8 February 2012: Board of Inquiry meets for a second time. Minutes can be found here.
- 1 February 2012: AECOM, a resource management planner releases a report on King Salmon Plan Change Requests.
- February 2012: Marlborough District Council releases its NZKS Plan Change Resource Consent Applications: Key Issues Report. List of appendices available here.
- 17 December 2011: EPA Board of Inquiry holds first meeting. Minutes can be found here.
- December 2011: Incoming Minister is briefed on the EPA, which provides an overview of the agency andthe major issues it is to face over the next months.
- 3 November 2011: Terms of Reference for the Board of Inquiry are set out.
- 3 November 2011: Minister of Conservation refers NZKS’s proposal to a board of inquiry.
- 3 November 2011: EPA recommends Minister of Conservation to make the decision that the NZKS proposalis nationally significant and should be considered by a Board of Inquiry.
- 11 October 2011: NZKS withdrew their proposal that had been lodged on 15 August 2011. (See: EPA Board Paper.)
- 3 October 2011: NZKS lodged a proposal with the EPA comprising of two planchanges to the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan (MSRMP) and nine resource consents for salmon farming.
- 1 October 2011: Aquaculture legislative reforms came into effect. The reforms made changes to the Aquaculture Reform (Repeals and Transitional Provisions) Act 2004, the Fisheries Act 1996, the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2001, and Resource Management Act 1991.
- 1 October 2011: Resource Management Amendment Act (No. 2) 2011 came into effect. This legislation is part of recent aquaculture legislation reforms by central government. The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) as amended by these reforms removes the requirement for Aquaculture Management Areas (AMAs) to be established before consent applications can be made. The reforms also allow for private plan changes for aquaculture to be lodged concurrently with related resource consents where aquaculture is currently a Prohibited Activity.
- 25 August 2011: EPA commenced completeness/further information checks on the proposal and where ‘gaps’ were identified, further information was sought from NZKS. During this process the applicant amended their ancillary plan change, to reflect a planning change to the MSRMP regarding a right to apply for a coastal permit for marine farming within Aquaculture Management Areas (AMAs). (See: EPA Board Paper.)
- 19 August 2011 2011: Sustainable Farming Fund applications open for aquaculture.
- 18 August 2011: Aquaculture legislative reforms agreed by Parliament
- 15 August 2011: NZKS lodged two plan change requests to theMarlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan (MSRMP) with the EPA. The proposalcomprised a ‘Main’ plan change to rezone eight areas of the Coast Marine Areain the Marlborough Sounds; and an ‘Ancillary’ plan change which addressedcertain technical issues that arose from the planning framework at the time.This proposal did not include resource consent applications as the legislationat the time did not allow for these.(See: EPA Board Paper.)
- 1 July 2011: New Crown entity is operational from this date, though some functions take up until December 2012 to be transferred. Introduction to the EPA can be found here.
- 17 May 2011: Environmental Protection Authority Act 2011 passed
- 27 April 2011: NZKS announces plans to apply to the EPA for permission to expand its operations in the Marlborough Sounds.
- 9 November 2010: Aquaculture Legislation Amendment Bill (No 3) is introduced to Parliament.
- 22 July 2010: Government announces further proposed changes to aquaculture legislation.
- 27 April 2010: Government announces proposed changes to aquaculture legislation.
- 1 February 2010: The Aquaculture Technical Advisory Group’s report ‘Re-starting Aquaculture’ is published.
- 29 July 2009: Aquaculture Technical Advisory Group announced. The group’s role is to provide expert input into the aquaculture reform process.
- 12 December 2008: Government announces that rules governing aquaculture will be overhauled.
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