On 7 August 2018, the Secretary of DPIPWE issued a Permit under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 to Huon Aquaculture for finfish farming at Green Head, Norfolk Bay until 31 December 2018. An Environmental Licence (EL), issued by the EPA Director, was also required to authorise the activities within the Permit. In his consideration of whether to grant an EL to Huon Aquaculture, the Director required the company to provide a range of supporting information. This included an interim baseline environmental survey report, a noise report in relation to the vessel, Captain Bill, and a report on stakeholder engagement conducted by Huon.
The Director endorsed the interim baseline report, providing Huon with approval to commence deployment of marine farming equipment and moorings into the permit area. The EPA noise specialist advised that the noise report for the vessel Captain Bill was satisfactory and several noise-related conditions were included in the EL. The EPA has reviewed the stakeholder engagement plan.
Copies of the relevant documents are provided below:
Environmental Licence #9957
EPA Director's cover letter
EPA Director's Statement of Reasons
EPA's Baseline Environmental Survey specifications, July 2018
Huon's Baseline Environmental Assessment Report, August 2018
Noise Survey Report
Huon's Stakeholder Engagement Document (updated) and Report Appendices
Huon's Application for MF117
Marine Farming Permit for MF117