Salmon Planning and Regulation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Tasmania’s salmon industry has grown to become the single biggest primary sector in the state, which requires robust planning and regulation for sustainable long-term development. 

About Salmon Planning and Regulation​

There are significant opportunities and potential challenges for the salmon industry as the global seafood market continually evolves. 

As Tasmania’s largest aquaculture sector, salmon aquaculture requires careful planning and regulation to ensure the needs of industry and the community are met. 

The Aquaculture Branch works collaboratively with other Government agencies to regulate salmon farming operations and plan for Tasmanian salmon industry development. 

Salmon Regulation

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania and the Environment Protection Authority are responsible for regulating the Tasmanian aquaculture industry, including salmon farming. 

Salmon farming is subject to the same robust legislative frameworks and regulatory structures as the wider Tasmanian aquaculture industry, including Marine Farming Development Planning, marine farming leases, licences and permits.

The process for the development and operation of a salmon farm involves a regulatory process of research, environmental assessment, public consultation and independent review.

More information about the regulation framework for​ salmon aquaculture is available below. 

Tasmanian Salmon Industry Plan 2023

The Tasmanian Salmon Industry Plan 2023 provides an enduring framework to guide the Government’s long-term priorities for the salmon industry and is responsive to the changing needs of salmon aquaculture farmers, supporting businesses and the wider community. 

The plan is designed to support a modern, sustainable salmon industry and meet the long-term needs and aspirations of the Tasmanian industry and community. It outlines pathways for a sustainable industry, healthy ecosystems, prosperous communities and contemporary governance for the Tasmanian salmon industry. 

Learn more about the Tasmanian Salmon Industry Plan 2023


​Site Suitability for Salmon Farming

Site suitability studies enable the collection of data to determine whether a location is suitable for salmon farming. 

To undertake a site suitability study, an operator must hold a permit to undertake assessment work. In the event that suitable sites are identified, full planning, consultation and approvals apply, as per aquaculture regulation processes.

Existing site suitability study permits include:

Cape Connella and east of South Bruny Island 
The permit has been issued to Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd and covers an area of state waters between lines drawn east from Cape Connella and Boreel Head.