About Marine Farming


Marine farming has expanded rapidly in Tasmania since the 1990s and is now one of the State's major industries. 




farmed in Tasmania include salmonids, oysters, mussels, abalone, seahorses and seaweeds.

Secondary industries such as fabrication, tourism, service providers, and feed producers have also grown around marine farming, creating additional economic and employment benefits to the State.

The gross value for aquaculture production in Tasmania for 2018-19 was 862.4 million dollars.

The table below shows the level of production for each marine farming sector.


​​2019-20 Actual1
65 677
​Pacific Oysters
'000 ​Dozen
2 776

Source: DPIPWE Annual Report 2020​
1. The 2019-20 Actual figures are estimates only, as end-​of-financial-year figures are yet to be finalised.


State Waters

Using the planning provisions of the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995, marine farming development plans may be prepared. A marine farming development plan (MFDP) establishes zones where marine farming leases may be granted.

A MFDP also specifies the maximum leasable area for each zone, the species of fish (finfish, shellfish, seaweed or other species) that may be farmed in the zone and operational constraints on marine farming activities in the form of Management Controls.

The Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 empowers the Minister to grant leases within marine farming zones. Leases are subject to conditions determined by the Minister.

A marine farming lessee (operator) must also be licensed under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995. A marine farming licence includes conditions relating to operational matters. All marine farming licenses can be viewed on ListMap.

In the case of finfish farming, a holder of a marine farming licence also requires a separate environmental licence in order to conduct marine farming. Environmental licences are administered by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and are available to be viewed on ListMap​.

Inland Waters

Aquaculture conducted in inland waters is managed by the Inland Fisheries Services (IFS) under the Inland Fisheries Act 1995. This includes the operation and biosecurity of freshwater hatcheries www.ifs.tas.gov.au


There are a variety of marine-related activities, including the development of marine farming that may be authorised under the provisions of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 (LMRMA).

​Getting in Touch

The Marine Farming Branch (MFB), within the Water and Marine Resources Division of DPIPWE, is responsible for working with aquaculture industries, the community, other agencies, and research organisations to support sustainable development and operation of marine farms within Tasmania.  The MFB supports the aquaculture industry through services including:

  • Planning and management
  • Leasing and licensing
  • Extension and compliance monitoring
  • Environmental management of non-finfish species

The MFB administers the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 and relevant parts of the  Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995operating within the provisions of these acts to support and regulate the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector in Tasmania under the objectives of the Resource Management and Planning System of Tasmania.


Marine Farming Branch
Marine Resources Division
Lands Building
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000, 1300 368 550
Email: mfops@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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