New aquaculture project raises environmentalists’ concerns

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The proposed aquaculture project on Stewart Island has caused concern to environmental groups, who consider it will significantly affect its “pristine marine habitat”.

The NGOs Forest & Bird and the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand have questioned the location chosen for the potential salmon farm project.

In an attempt to protect the island, Forest & Bird released documents that looked into the anticipated impact of aquaculture on the marine environment at Port Pegasus, Stuff reported.

The documents were from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, advising government ministers on the establishment of Special Economic Zones and their potential effect on the environment.

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