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Salmon Aquaculture

Salmon aquaculture has undergone a significant expansion in Tasmania since the 1990s, largely driven by consumer demand, and this is expected to increase over the next twenty years. The industry growth must be managed sustainably, and while development assessments are undertaken in a separate government process, the EPA is responsible for the day to day environmental regulation of the salmon industry in Tasmania.
  • Industry Regulation
    Over the past 20 years, the growth in the salmon industry has seen an increase in the number and size of freshwater hatcheries and marine farms at various locations around the State. In 2016, the EPA became the industry's environmental regulator, responsible for ensuring that impacts on inland waters and the marine environment are reduced to an acceptable level and the health of the environment is protected.
  • Environmental Management
    A number of freshwater hatcheries and numerous marine farming leases are in operation around the State for salmon farming. The industry is undergoing a change in environmental regulation to match the significant growth in the industry and the increasing potential for environmental impact.
  • Macquarie Harbour Management
    Macquarie Harbour is subject to a range of environmental conditions that influence its hydrology, water quality and benthic environment, which makes interpretation of observations in the context of salmon production particularly complex.
  • News and Information
    Implementation of the regulatory changes will be ongoing over the following year, and the EPA Director will continue to consult with industry and stakeholders.