Tasmanian Salmon Industry

​​​​​​​​​​​The Tasmanian Government has been working with stakeholders and industry to develop a sustainable industry growth plan and has also changed the environmental regulatory framework around finfish farming of salmon in Tasmania to ensure it keeps pace with industry growth.


Regulatory Changes

The Tasmanian Government has changed 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 Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Act 2017 amends a range of legislation. It commenced on 4 December 2017

Further information is available on the Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Act.


Consultation on Env​​ironmental Licences Regulations

The Tasmanian Government invited public comment on proposed Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Environmental Licences) Regulations 2018. Submissions closed 29 June 2018.

The Environmental Licences Regulations will be made under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994.

The Regulations will support various amendments made to the Act in December 2017 in relation to the environmental regulation of finfish farming by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). All marine and inland fish farms will in future require an environmental licence.


Permits for environmental​ investigation and monitoring of water f​​or marine farming suitability ​

Permits have been issued for the three main salmon farming companies to undertake preliminary work to establish whether there are suitable locations within the permit areas for the possible marine farming of salmon. The permit areas are large enough to allow an understanding of the broader environmental systems that affect the much smaller locations where conditions may be found suitable for marine farming. 

The permits are the first step only, and the full planning and approvals set out in legislation will still apply.  

Far north-west of Tas​mania
The permit has been issued to Petuna Aquaculture Pty Ltd and covers an area of State waters between lines drawn north from Cape Grim and the Nut.

Cape Conne​lla and east of South Bruny Island 
The permit has been issued to Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd and covers an area of State waters between lines drawn east from Cape Connella and Boreel Head.

King Isl​​and, off east coast 
The permit has been issued to Tassal Operations Pty Ltd and covers an area of State waters between lines drawn east from Lavinia Point and Cowper Point. 
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