New Zealand King Salmon has revealed that 42% of their salmon in warm water areas for the year ending January 2022 were just dead and chucked away. Salmon towed to cooler water had a lower rate of 37%.
As SAFE points out if this had happened to a beef or dairy farmer they would be prosecuted.
But it appears that climate change has caught up with King Salmon on another count.
King Salmon have been seeking to expand their farms in the Marlborough Sounds for over a decade, and they went all the way to the Supreme Court on it. It took a Ministerial Coastal Policy Statement in 2010 to clarify, then a further clarification of the working in it in 2014 at the Supreme Court.
King Salmon are by their planning and litigation budget one of the most well funded and determined farmers New Zealand has.
But now it looks like they are going to have another crack, by trying to get that entire previous Supreme Court ruling overturned via another case.
Port Otago is litigating against its owner the Otago Regional Council first to the High, the Appeal, and now Supreme Court over operational conflicts with the Regional Policy Statement – which is required to ‘give effect to’ that. Further, the company said that the application of King Salmon (2014) potentially threatens the future of ports at Dunedin and Port Chalmers.
Marlborough District Council – home to most of King Salmon and to the largest aquaculture industry we have – is backing Port Otago. That is where the 2014 decision could get rolled.
From the death count it’s looking like the Marlborough Sounds won’t be useful for salmon forever. But King Salmon have their consented operation and it’s a decade-long devil trying to get anything consented elsewhere.
Lordie we haven’t even implemented the 3 Waters deal and we haven’t even got to coastal marine water management. What we are seeing is one regional council using the company of another regional council to defeat them in the Supreme Court. Guarantee every port and every aquaculture company and every regional council is watching pretty closely.
While the parties duke it out in the Supreme Court, our coastal waters warm by the year and tens of thousands of Salmon are sent to landfill.