The EPA is responsible for the environmental regulation of marine and freshwater finfish farms in Tasmania. Regulatory activity involves issuing and varying environmental licenses, assessing compliance against environmental license conditions, reviewing associated environmental monitoring data and reports, and requiring fish farmers to undertake management actions where environmental issues are identified arising from fish farming activity. The EPA also has a role in the assessment process for new finfish farm developments.
To ensure progressive improvement of environmental management and regulatory systems for industry the EPA provides scientific input and support to aquaculture research conducted by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (University of Tasmania) and Fisheries Research and Development Corporation research projects. The outputs of scientific research and environmental modelling are used by the EPA to support and develop the regulatory framework.