Marine Farming Development Process

​The Department prepares marine farming development plans (MFDPs), or amendments to existing MFDPs for the major marine farming areas of the State using the process set down in the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995. (The Act may be viewed on the Tasmanian Legislation website at www.thelaw.tas.gov.au. Use the Search function to find the Act.)

Under the Act, the process requires that draft MFDPs be placed on public exhibition for up to two months, during which time representations may be submitted to the planning authority. In the case of an amendment to a MFDP, the amendment is placed on public exhibition for up to 2 months, during which time public representations may be submitted to the planning authority. An independent expertise-based Marine Farming Planning Review Panel assesses representations. The Panel may require modifications to a draft MFDP or MFDP amendment in light of representations. Draft modifications, if required, are then exhibited for up to two months for comment.

The Minister for Primary Industries and Water gives final approval to MFDPs or amendments to existing MFDPs after which allocation of leasable area may proceed. MFDPs must be reviewed at least once every ten years to ensure that the objectives of resource management are achieved.

The Minister for Primary Industries and Water may approve emergency MFDPs to address short-term emergencies. Emergency plans remain in force for a period not exceeding two years, and override an existing MFDP to the extent of any inconsistency.

Contact

Marine Farming
Water and Marine Resources Division
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3110, 1300 368 550
Email: marinefarming.enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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