Environmental Standards for Marine Finfish Farming

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In accordance with Section 96V of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA), the Minister for Environment and Climate Change makes available to the public the​ Environmental Standards for Tasmanian Marine Finfish Farming 2023. The Environmental Standards have been made in accordance with Section 96Q of EMPCA, by the Minister and take effect from 18 October 2023.

A companion paper, that provides context and explanatory detail is also available, which is intended to be read alongside the final Environmental Standards.

Both the Environmental Standard and the Companion Paper are published below:


The Environmental Standards have been prepared by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) in consultation with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA is the Authority responsible for implementing the Environmental Standards and regulating the finfish farming industry.

The Environmental Standards are one of a set of aquaculture standards committed to in the Tas​manian Salmon Industry Plan, which are designed to enhance regulation and management of the marine finfish farming industry in Tasmania.

The development of the Environmental Standards has been informed by an international review of environmental management frameworks for salmon farming and how Tasmania compares to other jurisdictions. Research by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) was also considered during the development of the Environmental Standards, ensuring they were appropriate for the local marine environment.

Technical Standards

In accordance with section 96X of EMPCA, the EPA is now drafting the technical standards that are necessary to support these new Environmental Standards.

Information about the drafting and consultation process for technical standards​.