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New Zealanders call for tougher biosecurity standards on fish farms

A new national standard is set to replace regional regulations.

Residents of New Zealand's South Island made it known to Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) staff they want to see tougher biosecurity standards for the marine aquaculture industry, reports The Southland Times.

A group of about 30 people were at MPI public consultation on a proposed National Environment Standard for marine aquaculture that would replace regional council rules governing marine aquaculture.

Many in the room were critical of the fact that under the current proposal existing farms had eight years before they had to have a biosecurity plan in place.

Under the proposal all existing marine farms would need to prepare, implement and regularly update biosecurity management plans by Jan. 31, 2025.

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