On 3 October 2011 New Zealand King Salmon lodged with the Environmental Protection Authority two private plan change requests to change the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan. The New Zealand King Salmon proposal comprised the following requests: A plan change request (the "Main" plan change request titled "Sustainably Growing King Salmon") to create a new salmon farming zone (Coastal Marine Zone 3) in eight (8) specific areas in the MSRMP; and A plan change request (the "Ancillary" plan change request) addressing the plan provisions relating to the allocation of the right to apply for coastal permits for marine farming in the MSRMP. This was accompanied by nine (9) resource consent applications for salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds. New Zealand King Salmon stated that the purpose of the proposal is to enable New Zealand King Salmon to secure new water space for marine farming to meet demand for its product, King Salmon. The Minister of Conservation referred the proposal to a Board of Inquiry for determination. Information on the proposal, the Board of Inquiry process and the Board's decision can be found on the Environmental Protection Authority website.