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 finfish farming of salmon in Tasmania to ensure it keeps pace with industry growth.
The Tasmanian Government is changing the environmental regulatory framework for finfish farming in Tasmania.
The changes focus on future-proofing Tasmania's salmon industry 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.
As part of this process the Draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017
has been developed.
Public comment on the Draft Bill is open until 28 July 2017.
Further details on the proposed changes can be found in Salmon Industry Changes - Frequently Asked Questions.
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.