Since the mid 1990s, inland hatcheries have been licensed by the Inland Fisheries Service under the Inland Fisheries Act 1995, and the marine farming sector has been regulated by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995. These marine farming licences include environmental conditions to ensure that the operations are sustainable and do not have an unacceptable impact on the marine environment.
On 13 June 2016, the Tasmanian Government announced changes to improve the regulatory framework for salmon farming, reflecting the significant growth in the industry. The EPA, as the State's existing independent environmental regulator, was handed the responsibility for the environmental regulation of salmon hatcheries and farms. The EPA's focus is on the day to day environmental regulation of both marine farming and freshwater hatcheries, while the functions of industry planning and development for the salmonid marine farming sector remain under the jurisdiction of the Minister for Primary Industries and Water.
As of 1 July 2016, the Director EPA was provided relevant delegations under the Marine Farming Planning Act1995 and Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 to manage the environmental regulation. Changes to a number of pieces of legislation are required to transfer into law the ongoing environmental regulatory responsibility for salmonid aquaculture to the EPA in a permanent and more comprehensive manner. The Governmnet has commenced this process with the drafting of a Bill, which is planned to be introduced into Parliament in 2017. Key stakeholders and the wider community are being kept informed of the progress of proposed changes to the environmental regulation. Additionally, the Director has established a Salmon Environmental Management Section within EPA Tasmania to support him in undertaking his role and responsibilities.
Salmon Regulation Section
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599
Fax: 03 6173 0254