The EPA has prepared a draft Review of Tasmanian and International Regulatory Requirements for Salmonid Aquaculture, which will guide the development of new environmental standards and underpin the environmental sustainability of salmon farming in Tasmania.
The Review document is a significant body of work that examines the existing environmental management framework for salmonid farming in Tasmania and compares this to current practice globally. The work aligns with the objectives of the Government's Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry, and the goal of having the 'most environmentally sustainable salmon industry in the world'.
The findings of the draft Review have been used for a snapshot comparison of Tasmania's current environmental monitoring regime with those methods used in other salmon-producing countries. This information is presented in the Tasmanian Salmon Industry Environmental Scorecard - Snapshot 2018-19 benchmarking the industry against current international practice for environmental monitoring.
The Review document will now be peer-reviewed by national and international experts within the aquaculture science and environmental management fields. It has been provided to the three salmon companies operating in Tasmania, and is available to the public on this website. It will be updated and re-released on the website as a finalised review, once expert comments have been addressed.
The review work is a precursor to establishing an Environmental Standard. The development of the Standard will enable regulation of the salmonid industry within a framework of best practice environmental performance and sustainability. It is expected that a draft Standard will be developed for consultation during 2020, with the appropriate regulations to be progressed in parallel.
For further information and a copy of the draft document is available on the Salmon Aquaculture Industry Regulation page.