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The Social and Community Effects of Salmon Farming and Rearing

NZIER report on the economic contribution of marine farming in the Marlborough region

THE BLUE MUSSEL PROJECT: Research into a solution to the oversettlement of blue mussels.
90 MILE BEACH PROJECT: Research to assess the quality and viability of spat before it leaves Kaitaia.
MARINE FARM COMPLIANCE: Marine farm compliance audit partnership programme
Environment |The Marine Farming Association (MFA) and its members are committed to the environment and since the 1990s the MFA has operated an active Environmental Programme
The MFA operates an Environmental Hotline for use by members of the Association and the general public. If you have any matters of concern in respect to the marine farming industry's environmental performance in the Top of the South Island please call this number.
0800 433 2747
0800 4DEBRIS  (8.30am -5.00pm weekdays)


In the early days this was focused on cleaning up and recording industry and recreational debris collected on the beaches in the Marlborough Sounds. This programme was later extended to include Golden Bay and Tasman Bay and the scope was widened to include all ‘on water’ marine farming activities, including minimising the impact on the environment from:

  • Debris from marine farming activities
  • Noise levels from marine farming activities
  • Pollution and emissions from industry vessels
  • Waste taken to landfill

The Environmental Programme is guided by the ‘Top of the South Environmental Strategy’ and managed by the MFA’s Environment and Compliance Committee. The Guiding Principles are:

  • To minimise the impact of marine farming activities on the wider environment and community in which we operate
  • To minimise generic concerns which from time to time may be expressed by other stakeholders and users of the Marlborough Sounds, Golden Bay and Tasman Bay in respect of marine farming

The programme includes a large number of volunteers from the marine farming industry. Also the MFA employs an environmental mentor to cover Marlborough and Tasman Bay/Golden Bay. The mentor works with farmers to ensure they are complying within the industry standards.
The 'army' of volunteers are made up of MFA members and marine farming companies that donate their time, vessels and equipment to monitor on a roster basis 'collector' areas in the Top of the South, they also participate in regular beach clean ups.

The MFA also employs an Environment Programme Manager who oversees the implementation of the Top of the South Environmental Strategy and works with industry operators and other stakeholders to ensure the objectives of the Strategy are met. This work includes reporting on the activities of the participants and monitoring and cleaning up key areas of the Top of the South.

Because we know how much Kiwis love the outdoors and how important the environment is, the beach cleans extend further than marine farm debris and we collect all debris including recreational debris.

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