Changes to Salmon Industry Regulation

The Tasmanian Government has announced proposed changes to the regulatory framework around the farming of salmon in Tasmania.

The changes are focussed on future-proofing the industry now worth over $700 million by ensuring regulations keep pace with industry expansion, and support community and market confidence. Changes will be introduced in a staged process, with the first steps taking place by 1 July 2016.

Major changes to be introduced are outlined below. For full details, see the Salmon Industry Changes - Frequently Asked Questions.

Major Changes

1. The responsibility for environmental control and management of the salmonid industry will be transferred from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). This move brings together the environmental management and regulation of all salmon farms and hatcheries, both in inland and marine waters, under a single independent authority. Marine farm planning and development functions will remain with DPIPWE.

2. Enforcement mechanisms will be strengthened to better reflect the scale of the industry. The amendments will enable fines to be imposed for environmental pollution that are of a true deterrent value.

3. Consultation with industry will commence on the introduction of a new levy to enable to the Government to better support the industry's plans for sustainable growth.

Further details on these changes can be found in Salmon Industry Changes - Frequently Asked Questions.



Environmental management

Wes Ford
Director Environment Protection Authority
Phone: 6165 4523

Levies and Enforcement

Fionna Bourne
General Manager Marine and Water Resources
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Phone: 6165 3219

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