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
Marine Farming Planning Act 1995. (The Act may be viewed on the Tasmanian Legislation website at
www.legislation.tas.gov.au. Use the Search function to find the Act.)
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