Marine Farming: Broadscale Monitoring Data Evaluation 2009-2012
In 2009 the Department established limits on dissolved nutrient emissions from finfish marine farming operations in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon Estuary and Port Esperance Marine Farming Development Plan areas together with a regulatory monitoring program to be undertaken by salmon marine farming licence holders to assess water quality and sediment condition across the region.
The Department commissioned the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) of the University of Tasmania to undertake a scientific review of the monitoring data collected between 2009 and 2012 in the context of the major system drivers, previous environmental data sets and broader ecosystem performance measures.
The report shows that although there has been a detectable level of change in some nutrient levels that would be associated with salmon farming industry development in the region, these did not translate into significant or adverse environmental effects to the water quality or sediments.
Evaluation of Broadscale Environmental Monitoring Program (BEMP) Data from 2009-2012 (4.05 MB)
On 1 July 2016 responsibility for environmental
control and management of the salmonid industry was transferred from the
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment to the Environment