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EPA negative on miner’s application

The Environmental Protection Authority's initial view on Chatham Rock Phosphate's application for a marine consent to mine is decidedly negative. The company's shares plummeted as much as 60 percent to just 8 cents yesterday before recovering to close at 15 cents, down 5 cents. The EPA says its staff can't recommend the company application to mine phosphate...
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Fishing groups reject phosphate mining

Chatham Rock Phosphate has applied for marine consent to mine phosphate 450 kilometres east of Christchurch. Iwi in the rohe - Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mutunga O Wharekauri and the Hokotehi Moriori Trust - have said if the mining is approved, it would have a destructive effect on an important breeding ground and on commercial fish species. Ngati...
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Push for Hake to Gain Standard

The Maori economy will grow if deepsea fish hake gains a sustainable species standard, 50 percent iwi-owned fishing company Sealord says. The New Zealand hake has received a glowing report from the Marine Stewardship Council, saying the fish is well managed, with healthy fish stocks, which are harvested with minimal environmental impact. The council's report has to...
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Deepwater fishing industry opposes ‘destructive’ phosphate mining

A lobby group for the deepwater fishing industry says plans to mine seabed near the Chatham Islands will amount to wholesale environmental destruction. Chatham Rock Phosphate has been given a 20-year permit to mine 820 square kilometres of seabed on the Chatham Rise. A catch of hoki hauled into a ship in the Chatham Rise area. A catch...
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