Yachting New Zealand are not opposed to aquaculture per se, however aquaculture and much of the activity we promote and protect is mutually exclusive. The physical nature of aquaculture means it will take up space in the marine coastal area that then cannot be used by others and/or will pose navigational hazards in some areas. 

Yachting New Zealand consider it is important that aquaculture development takes place in areas where there will be no adverse effect on the community’s access to the water for recreational use. It is important that Yachting New Zealand and clubs are active in making submissions on applications for marine farms, reviews and changes to regional policy statements and coastal plans.

Yachting New Zealand seek to ensure that:

  • Aquaculture development takes place in areas where there will be no adverse effect on the community’s access to the coastal marine area (CMA) for recreational use. 
  • That government (central, regional and local) place appropriate weight on the importance of recreational boating concerns.
  • That any aquaculture structures are illuminated and marked in a way that they are visible in all conditions.
  • That all proprietors of farms are required to pay an adequate bond to cover removal of structures once farms outlive their usefulness.
  • That government (central, regional and local) consider the impact any new farms will have on local tourism and marine industries.

Policies should take into account the effect aquaculture has on:

  • Access by boaties to water to valued/used parts of the CMA
  • Navigational hazards
  • Enjoyment and appreciation of inshore environments

Yachting New Zealand feel government (central, regional and local) need to recognise New Zealand’s maritime culture and history along with the high recreation value of our coastal marine area. Inshore waters are used by over 450,000 recreational craft. 

Growth in aquaculture in New Zealand needs a balanced, well-considered and well-managed approach. Government needs to be wary of overly permissive rules for the aquaculture industry and economic gains at the expense of our environment and natural playground that makes New Zealand such a strong maritime country.

Yachting New Zealand is particularly focussed on:

  • Inshore waters for small sailboat racing
  • Bays, passages and coastal area used for cruising
  • Sheltered anchorages for safe day and overnight stays
  • Ports of refuge in foul weather
  • Navigational hazards posed by imposed structures
  • Common navigational passages used by boaties
  • Areas of high use for diving and recreational fishing
  • Areas with high natural character and/or high amenity values
  • Future tourism

See Yachting New Zealand's full position paper on aquaculture from June 2012