PC16 - Allocation of Authorisations Marine Farming

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PC16 - Allocation of Authorisations Marine Farming

Private Plan Change

Status: Operative

The following operative plan change has been made to the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan and has been incorporated into the Plan.

Allocation of Authorisations - In 2005 legislation was introduced which substantively changed the way in which aquaculture is managed in New Zealand. All new marine farms are now required to be located in specifically created aquaculture management areas (AMA) or zones, with the right to apply for resource consent to undertake marine farming (authorisation) within the AMA allocated by various means set out in the Resource Management Act 1991.

Plan Change 16 introduces the new chapter structure which will contain the revised aquaculture provisions in the future. The plan change also introduce new policy and objectives regarding how authorisations, or the right to apply for resource consent for marine farming within a newly created AMA, will be allocated. The plan change specifically introduces new rules which deal with the allocation of authorisations when the AMA has arisen from a private plan change. These rules will not have effect until the plan change is made operative.

Plan Change 16 is a private plan change lodged by New Zealand King Salmon Limited. The plan change is the first of a number of plan changes proposed to amend the aquaculture provisions in the Plans, in accordance with the new legislation. For the avoidance of doubt this plan change does not create new areas for aquaculture, nor does it change the criteria in the Plan by which existing marine farms are managed.

Plan Change 16 (Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan) consists of the following:

Volume One

Update to the 9.1 Introduction.

A new section (9.1.2) which discusses aquaculture management under the new legislation.

A new section (9.4A), objectives, policies and methods of implementation for the allocation of authorisations in AMAs.

Volume Two

A new zone chapter (35A) for aquaculture management areas which introduces new rules regarding the allocation of authorisations in operative AMAs which arise from a private plan change. These rules will not have effect until Plan Change 16 becomes operative.

Key Steps

Date

Operative Date

25/08/2011

Public Notice of Decision

25/02/2010

Hearing

3-4/11/2009

Public Notice of Summary of Submissions

23/07/2009

Public Notice of Notification

12/03/2009