Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​W​hat​​ does the Plan do?

The Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry details the Government's vision and priorities for the industry and provides the community with surety on the way forward. The Plan was finalised in December 2017.

The Plan is a high-level document which includes a number of actions, organised under three headings:
  • Maintaining public confidence in the salmon industry
  • Improving the efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of the industry’s environmental regulation, and the effectiveness of its biosecurity systems
  • Supporting industry growth

​It also includes a map that indicates where salmon farming currently occurs, may occur in future, and is proposed to be banned. 

​The Plan and the associated map are available below:

  Sustainable industry growth plan for the salmon industry   (2Mb)​​

  Map of proposed grow and no grow zones for finfish in Tasmania   (270Kb)​

​One Yea​r ​​Review​​​

The One Year Review of the Salmon Plan was completed in January 2019. 

The Review provides key information on work to date and outlines the initiatives that will be delivered in the coming year to support environmentally responsible, sustainable growth. Increased compliance and monitoring activities and a zero tolerance approach to marine debris are among the key achievements to date under the Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the salmon industry.  

​Both Government and industry are continuing with a range of work to underpin responsible, environmentally sustainable industry growth with a focus on biosecurity and further transparency.​

  Sustainable industry growth plan for the salmon industry - One year review   (6Mb)

​Second Review (Year Three)​

The second review of the Salmon Plan (at year three) is currently being undertaken.

This second review will include an updated progress report against the 17 actions identified in the Salmon Plan.

As part of the work, the Government has recently announced that DPIPWE will conduct a contemporary marine spatial planning exercise that will explore ways to identify potential sustainable growth areas for new offshore finfish marine farms.

The work will involve a science based re-evaluation of the current map of "grow" and "no grow" zones, using lessons learnt from the Pilot Marine Spatial Assessment Tool​ that was developed by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) in south east Tasmania.  The work will exclude the east coast of Tasmania, inclusive of Cape Portland to Tasman Island, as the Government has indicated it will not allow additional finfish farms in this area.  ​

The work will be undertaken by scientists at IMAS, using their experience from the south east pilot project.  An Advisory Committee has now been established made up of representatives from -

  • ​​Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council
  • Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association
  • Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing
  • Marine and Safety Tasmania
  • Blue Economy CRC
  • NRM North
  • NRM South
  • Cradle Coast Authority.
The Committee will guide the project team and provide advice to DPIPWE and IMAS around the biophysical, social and economic datasets that will be used in the spatial planning exercise and ensure that diverse stakeholder views are represented in the project analysis.

The spatial planning exercise is expected to be completed in early 2021.  Any proposed changes to the current map of "grow" and "no grow" zones would be subject to extensive public consultation.  There is no commitment that the existing map will change once the re-evaluation is completed.

Benchmarking of environmental monitoring and regulation​​​​

The Tasmanian Government has developed a Tasmanian Salmon Industry Scorecard​ which benchmarks the State's environmental monitoring regime against international regulatory practices for salmon aquaculture.


Further information: salmonplan@dpipwe.tas.gov.a​u


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