Marine farming expanded rapidly in Tasmania in the 1990s to become one of Tasmania's major industries. Other secondary industries have also grown up around Tasmania's marine farming industry, creating additional economic and employment benefits to the State.
The marine farming industry is regulated by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) under the
Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995
Marine Farming Planning Act 1995
(more details here
). Under the latter Act,
marine farming development plans
are prepared, designating areas in State waters where marine farming may occur.
All marine farming operations must be licensed under the
Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995.
Licences include environmental conditions to ensure that marine farming operations are sustainable and do not have an unacceptable impact on the marine environment.
Marine Aquaculture Species
Species currently commercially farmed in Tasmania include abalone, mussels, oysters, seahorses, trout and salmon.
It should be noted that the Inland Fisheries Services (IFS), not DPIPWE, manages aquaculture in freshwater under the
Inland Fisheries Act 1995
. Information on freshwater aquaculture in Tasmania is available at the IFS website