Variation 1: Marine Farming and Variation 1A: Finfish Farming

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Variation 1: Marine Farming and Variation 1A: Finfish Farming

Previously, provision for aquaculture was removed from the Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan prior to notification of the substantive portion of the plan with the intention of further reviewing the content. This review has now been completed and the variation process to the Plan underway.

On 2 December 2020, the Marlborough District Council publicly notified Variation 1: Marine Farming and Variation 1A: Finfish Farming. The closing date for public submissions was 26 February 2021.

On 26 May 2021, Council publicly notified the Summary of Submissions.
Council subsequently received feedback on the summary of submissions which highlighted some irregularities and omissions in the summary content. Rather than re-notifying these individual points, Council has decided to withdraw the current summary and re-notify an updated summary of submissions as a whole in order to limit any confusion that could be caused by having dual summaries running for the process.

A date for re-notification is yet to be confirmed but will occur in the next few weeks.

How to contact the Variations Team:

Phone: 03 520 7400 – ask for Louise Walker


  • Authorisation Implementation

    The proposed aquaculture variations (Variations 1 and 1A) to the PMEP include the use of authorisations to allocate space in AMAs.

  • Background Information

    The guidance documents provide the reasoning behind the variations, how they relate to other national aquaculture issues, and how they fit with the Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan.

  • Public Notice

    Public notification of Variation 1 and Variation 1A occurred on 2 December 2020.

  • Section 32 Reports

    The Section 32 Reports considered and assessed the form, content and appropriateness of each variation.

  • Submissions and further submissions

    Information regarding submissions on Variations 1 and 1A.

  • Variation Provisions

    ​The Variation 1 document provides a suite of provisions for aquaculture activities being proposed. Variation 1A provides additional provisions specifically for finfish farming.