New Zealand’s fishing industry successfully appealed against the Environmental Protection Authorityâ€™s (EPA) decision to allow Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) to mine 50 million metric tons of seabed annually, and discharge 45 million metric tons of waste sediment into the waters off the coast of Taranaki for 35 years.
The appeals were lodged by Cloudy Bay Clams, New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen, Fisheries Inshore New Zealand, Southern Inshore Fisheries Management, Te Ohu Kaimoana, Talleyâ€™s Group, Greenpeace, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, Te Runanga O Ngati Ruanui Trust, Forest and Bird, Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board, and the Trustees of Te Kahui O Rauru.
TTRâ€™s first application was refused in June 2014 after a Decision Making Committee (DMC) appointed by the EPA found the application was premature and more time should have been taken to understand the proposed operation, its effects on the receiving environment and existing interests.
Fisheries Inshore New Zealand (FINZ) Chief Executive Jeremy Helson, said TTRâ€™s most recent application was almost identical to the first, and did not address the EPAâ€™s key reasons for refusing TTRâ€™s application in 2014.
â€śBy allowing the appeal, the High Court has today confirmed our view that the application, and the DMCâ€™s decision, were deficient,” he said. “The court quashed the decision saying the narrow interpretation of the adaptive management approach was inconsistent with the law.
â€śThis is a good decision by the High Court and we are pleased this matter has again been rejected,” said Helson. “It is clear from these failed attempts that a significant re-think is required on seabed mining.â€ť