“preserving the environment is core to our busines ”
New Zealand’s pristine waters produce the world’s best tasting and safest aquaculture products.
The inherent purity makes our products more desirable and more valuable.
This makes preserving the environment core to our business. The future of our industry depends on the quality of our waters and the industry strives to protect it.
Sustainability is not an added extra.
New Zealand marine farmers continually push the boundaries of global best practice in environmental sustainability to meet the growing global demand for safe, healthy seafood products.
- For each species, industry has developed specific Environmental Codes of Practice to direct best industry practices throughout growing and harvesting to minimise potential effects on the environment.
- Every marine farm must have a permit to legally operate in New Zealand. The consent process is managed by Regional Councils to provide a planned, controlled approach to the allocation of water space for aquaculture.
- Consent conditions associated with the permits are set by Regional Councils to ensure a ‘no more than acceptable’ level of ecological impact occurs due to aquaculture related activities.
- Councils are required to monitor compliance with these conditions on a regular basis and ensure all aquaculture practices are being carried out in a sustainable manner
- The planning and approval process for marine aquaculture in New Zealand considers the farm’s potential environmental effects, as well as its possible cultural and social effects.
- Aquaculture must comply with the Resource Management Act. The Act encourages New Zealanders (as communities and as individuals) to plan for the future of our environment in a sustainable way.