Changes to Salmon Industry Regulation

​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, 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 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, both in 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.



Environmental management

Wes Ford
Director Environment Protection Authority
Phone: 6165 4523

Levies and Enforcement

Fionna Bourne
General Manager Marine and Water Resources
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Phone: 6165 3219

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