Govt allocates NZD 950,000 to develop aquaculture in Southland
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Salmon farm (Photo: www aquaculture org nz)NEW ZEALANDWednesday, November 30, 2016,23:10 (GMT + 9)The New Zealander
 

Salmon farm. (Photo: www.aquaculture.org.nz)

 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 23:10 (GMT + 9)

 

The New Zealander Government will allocated NZD 950,00 (USD 673,000) to boost Southland’s aquaculture industry as part of the Regional Development Strategy Action Plan, which aims to diversify the economy of the region, grow the population and strengthen local business.

The fund was announced by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, highlighting that aquaculture is a key focus of the action plan.

“Southland’s climate and ocean conditions lend themselves to sustainable and efficient production of high quality seafood. There is a great opportunity here to build an internationally competitive industry that will create a range of skilled, non-seasonal jobs for the region,” Minister Joyce said.

Joyce also stressed that the Government has already contributed NZD 200,000 (USD 414,800) to scientific surveys that identified potential areas for finfish aquaculture and that the rest of the fund will be made available to fund the significant amount of further scientific and social research that will be required to determine the environmental and cultural suitability of sites in Stewart Island.

For his part, Minister Guy pointed out that aquaculture is a high value industry and that the Government would like to see the industry’s contribution grow, for the benefit of Southland and the wider economy.

“Marine farming technologies are advancing and ever more able to create new production and harvesting methods and high value products, which will help Southland diversify and reduce any dependence on commodities,” Guy highlighted.

The minister also commented that this is an opportunity that will require collaboration across central and local government, support from the local community and private investment.

This action plan forms part of the Government’s Regional Growth Programme, which looks to increase jobs, income and investment in regional New Zealand. Individual actions in the plan are led by various different agencies.

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