Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry

​​​​​​​​​W​hat​​ does the Plan pr​​opose?

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 is a high-level document, although as a result of the public consultation (see below) it has been amended to include further explanations of relevant detail on the planning and approval process. It 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)​

​The proposed finfish zones also are available as a new layer on LISTmap​

Public ​​consultation results 

The Draft Plan was released for comment from 10 August to 29 September 2017. 

An online form generated 69 responses; 61 of these included comments, as well as responses on a 5-point scale in relation to the draft Plan’s 17 actions. In addition, 28 separate submissions were received. 

All the comments provided with the online forms (many anonymous), and all the separate submissions, are provided below. 

The Government considered the feedback received and made a significant number of improvements to the final Plan as a result. The feedback is summarised in the Consultation Report, which includes lists of those providing feedback. The key part of the report is a table indicating and explaining the Government's responses to the main points arising from the feedback. ​

  Salmon Plan - online form comments   (896Kb)​

  Salmon Plan - written submissions   (25Mb)​

  Salmon Plan - Consultation Report   (264Kb)​

​One Yea​r Review​​​

The One Year Review of the Salmon Plan 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)

Permits for environmental​ investigation and monitoring of water f​​or marine farming suitability ​

Permits have been issued for the three main salmon farming companies to undertake preliminary work to establish whether there are suitable locations within the permit areas for the possible marine farming of salmon. The permit areas are large enough to allow an understanding of the broader environmental systems that affect the much smaller locations where conditions may be found suitable for marine farming. 

The permits are the first step only, and the full planning and approvals set out in legislation will still apply.  

Far north-west of Tas​mania
The permit has been issued to Petuna Aquaculture Pty Ltd and covers an area of State waters between lines drawn north from Cape Grim and the Nut.​

  Far North West of Tasmania Permit Map   (2Mb)

Cape Conne​lla and east of South Bruny Island 
The permit has been issued to Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd and covers an area of State waters between lines drawn east from Cape Connella and Boreel Head.

  Cape Connella and East of South Bruny Island Permit Map   (990Kb)

King Isl​​and, off east coast 
The permit has been issued to Tassal Operations Pty Ltd and covers an area of State waters between lines drawn east from Lavinia Point and Cowper Point. 

  King Island Permit Map   (1Mb)​


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GPO Box 44

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