Draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017

​​​​Public comments are invited on the Draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017 until 28 July 2017.

​The Tasmanian Government is changing the environmental regulatory framework around finfish farming in Tasmania.

What is be​ing amended?

The Government has been developing the legislative amendments required to transfer formally the powers for environmental regulation of the industry from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill is currently being progressed, and will be introduced to Parliament later this year. 

The Draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017​ includes a new Environmental Licence under Tasmania’s Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA). This framework will provide the Director, EPA with a clear, independent statutory role for managing the ongoing environmental regulation of the State’s finfish farming industry.

Proposed legislative changes also cover the declaration of finfish marine farming exclusion zones. The draft Bill provides the mechanism for their declaration and revocation, and a prohibition on the preparation of marine farming development plans for finfish farming in areas where there is a finfish marine farming exclusi​on zone. 

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.

Releva​nt documents

The draft Bill and associated Central Plan Register (CPR) map is available below:

  Draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017   (2Mb)
  CPR Accompaniment   (2Mb)


See also the Explanatory Paper which provides an overview and explanation of the key elements of the legislative changes contained in the draft Bill:

  Explanatory Paper   (524Kb)

Providing Comments

The draft Bill is open for comment until 28 July 2017. 

Email your comments to epaenquiries@environment.tas.gov.au

All comments received will be treated as public information and may be made available on this website.  If you wish for your comments to be treated as confidential, either whole or in part, please note this in writing at the time of submitting your comments. ​​​​ 


EPA Tasmania
GPO Box 1550
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 6165 4599
Email: epaenquiries@environment.tas.gov.au

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