The farming of salmon in Tasmania is currently worth over $700 million a year. The Tasmanian Government is working with stakeholders and industry to develop a sustainable industry growth plan and is also changing the environmental regulatory framework around the farming of salmon in Tasmania to ensure it keeps pace with industry growth.
Sustainable Growth Plan
A Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the salmon industry is being developed by the Tasmanian Government. This will support the industry and be a blueprint for future growth.
The Plan will look at all aspects of the industry, from hatchery to harvest and processing, and will consider research and
development, biosecurity and regulation, as well as future planning.
The Plan will include the banning of salmon farm expansion beyond the existing Okehampton Bay lease into the Mercury Passage area of the East Coast.
The Plan will also include other areas where salmon farming will not be considered in future.
Industry and community consultation about the plan will be undertaken over coming months.
The Tasmanian Government is changing the environmental regulatory framework around the farming of salmon in Tasmania.
The changes are focussed on future-proofing the industry, now worth over $700 million a year, by ensuring that environmental regulations keep pace with industry expansion, and support community and market confidence that this is achieved an environmentally sustainable way. The changes are being introduced in a staged process.
Major changes to be introduced are outlined below. For full details, see the
Salmonid Aquaculture Environmental Regulatory Changes (PDF - 404 KB) and the
Salmon Industry Changes - Frequently Asked Questions.
Major Regulatory Changes
1. The responsibility for environmental control and management of the salmonid industry has been transferred from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment to the
Environment Protection Authority (EPA). This move brings together the environmental management and regulation of all salmon farms and hatcheries, in both inland and marine waters, under a single independent authority. Marine farm planning and development functions will remain with DPIPWE.
2. A new environmental licence is proposed to enable the EPA to consolidate all environmental conditions into one instrument and ensure compliance against these conditions. To formally bring these changes into effect, amendments to a number of pieces of legislation are needed.
3. Enforcement mechanisms have been strengthened to better reflect the scale of the industry and fines can now be imposed for environmental pollution that are of a true deterrent value.
Further details on these changes can be found in Salmon Industry Changes - Frequently Asked Questions.
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