The Tasmanian Government is changing the environmental regulatory framework around finfish farming in Tasmania.
What is being 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 was introduced to Parliament on 17 August 2017.
The Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017 includes a new Environmental Licence under Tasmania’s Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA). This framework provides the Director, EPA with a clear, independent statutory role for managing the ongoing environmental regulation of the State’s finfish farming industry.
Legislative changes also cover the declaration of finfish marine farming exclusion zones. The 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 exclusion zone.
In addition, 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.
Download the Finfish Environmental Regulation Bill 2017
Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill (1Mb)
CPR Accompaniment (2Mb)
The full parliamentary package is available on the Parliament of Tasmania website under the heading "Bills".
A draft of the Bill was released for consultation in July 2017 and was finalised based on the feedback received.