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Tasmanian salmon conflict stirring up fear in NZ

The ongoing legal action in the Australian salmon farming industry is beginning to have a knock-on on neighboring New Zealand.

The situation in Macquarie Harbor, Australia, where marine life is apparently struggling to survive as a result of intensive salmon farming is stirring up fears in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, as residents consider a salmon farm proposal, reports Stuff.

New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries announced it could move up to six New Zealand King Salmon farms in the Pelorus Sound and Tory Channel to different locations -- overriding the council's resource management plan.

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However, a Pelorus Sound man believes the poor state of a harbour in Tasmania, the subject of a lawsuit between salmon farmers and the state's government, casts doubt on the idea.

The suggestion there are similarities between the Tasmanian and Sounds situations has been rubbished by NZ King Salmon Chief Executive Grant Rosewarne.

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