Aquaculture NZ as an industry needs to buck up and clean up its mess. The environmental disasters in the South Islands Salmon farms may have been the reason the spotlight was first shined on aquaculture, but now that spotlight is shining on the rest of the aquaculture industry.
It has highlighted just how detrimental to the environment aquaculture has been in NZ.
Watching the CEO's in the aquaculture industry try to sell the public and the world a clean green image is more like watching a bad infomercial.
What these highly paid CEO's in the aquaculture industry still haven't got through their thick heads is that the public doesn't believe this PR rubbish anymore.
The local residents living around our coastline are telling and showing everyone using social media what the extent of this negative impact the industrial waste from aquaculture has on our natural marine environment.
The Dairy industry has finally come up with an effective means to deal with biological waste as a result of high-intensive farming.
They contain the waste in oxidation ponds then control the dispersant of that waste at a rate that is environmentally safe.
The Aquaculture Industry has no containment plan for its biological waste for its current or future high-intensity fish or shellfish farms.
Neither does it have any plans to suck up and dispense their biological waste at a controlled rate safe for the marine environment.
However, the aquaculture industry does have a ludicrous plan to deal with their biological industrial waste.
What the industry intends to do is to use the ocean around their marine farms as the marine equivalent of an oxidation pond.
This fantastic new plan is simply to move their marine farms and put new marine farms into deep water so the water depth and current can take all their biological industrial waste away for free.
All the deeper water and high current flow method of dispersal of industrial biological waste will achieve is a wider area of negative ecological impact.
Effectively the aquaculture industries new plan is instead of containing and managing the impact on the marine environment aquaculture has, it intends to go to offshore to deeper water with a higher current flow to hide the negative impact aquaculture has on the marine environment.
The NZ public is sick of the total false promises of sustainability and effective environmental management from highly paid CEO’s from the fishing industry in general.
As far as aquaculture goes, show us suction dredges which suck up bio-waste from under marine farms and the barges taking it away, show us professionals picking up plastic marine farm waste off our beaches and being trucked to a landfill. Talk is cheap.
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