Tasmanian salmon industry growth plan reveal

Feeding time at fish pens in Macquarie Harbour.
Feeding time at fish pens in Macquarie Harbour.

A map that identifies “grow zones” and “no grow zones” for the salmon industry has been finalised.

Primary Industries and Water Minister Jeremy Rockliff launched the Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the salmon industry on Wednesday.

The plan included transferring responsibility for environmental regulation and management to the independent Environment Protection Authority, introducing increased penalties for breaches of regulations, and creating a new mechanism for excluding finfish marine farming from areas of the state’s coastline.

Changes to the map includes: 

  • The east side of the Furneaux Group and the west coast of King Island have been changed from potential future growth areas to no grow zones;
  • The shading in the far North-West has been changed to highlight the industry’s interest is confined to deeper waters;
  • Tassal’s new permit for environmental investigation on part of the east coast of King Island has been included; and
  • The area of no grow zones in the south east has been extended to formalise protection of reef habitat, including the globally important abalone ground around the Actaeons.

The implementation of the plan would be overseen by the a new industry reference.

Mr Rockliff said the group was expected to be in place by Christmas.

He said early priorities for the reference group would include the commencement of the Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Act in December, putting in place the process for reviewing and renewing the industry’s biosecurity program and bringing industry together to address issues surrounding Macquarie Harbour.

Visit dpipwe.tas.gov.au/salmonplan for more information.