Have your say on the draft Environmental Standards for Tasmanian Marine Finfish Farming 2023

Please note that submissions for this consultation have closed​​​​​​​​

The Minister for Environment and Climate Change is proposing to make Environmental Standards for Tasmanian Marine Finfish Farming 2023 (the draft Environmental Standards) under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA). Draft Environmental Standards have been developed for consultation.

Stakeholders and the wider public were invited to provide feedback, and submissions for this consultation closed at 5pm on Tuesday 21 March 2023. ​​

What are the draft Environmental Standards for Tasmanian Finfish F​​arming 2023?

The purpose of the Draft Environmental Standards is to support sustainable marine finfish farming in Tasmania by establishing the environmental management requirements to be applied by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

The Environmental Standards ​include provisions the finfish farming industry must meet to be granted an environmental licence and for operating under an environmental licence under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (the Act). The Environmental Standards are designed to protect the Tasmanian marine and coastal environment by promoting sustainable use of Tasmania’s marine waters for finfish farming. The Environmental Standards will further strengthen the current environmental regulatory system and provide for the regulation of potential nuisance impacts upon Tasmanian coastal communities.​​

You can read the draft Environmental Standards for Tasmanian Marine Finfish Farming and the accompanying Explanatory P​aper and ​FAQs on the Environmental Standards.

 Consultation Draft Environmental Standards - marine finfish farming  (PDF 381Kb)

 Explanatory Paper - draft Environmental Standards Marine Finfish Farming Feb 2023 (PDF 294Kb)

 FAQs Environmental Standards (PDF 70Kb)​

Backg​​round i​nformation

Recent changes to Tasmania’s environmental legislation allow for the making of environmental standards on a range of issues. The draft Environmental Standards are the first to be developed.

Once in effect, the Environmental Standards will be supported by Technical Standards, which are being developed by the EPA. These Technical Standards will be released publicly in due course.

The development of the draft Environmental Standards has been informed by public submissions made in response to the 2022 consultation on the Position Paper, Introducing an Environmental Standard for Marine Finfish Farming. View the Position Paper and submisions.

Important inform​​ation to note – publishing of submissions

Submissions closed on Tuesday 21 March 2023, and are currently being processed.
Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless requested otherwise. 

In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the Department will treat the submission as public. 

Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government. 
The Department will not publish, in whole or in part, submissions containing defamatory or offensive material. If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

Submissions will be published in accordance with the Tasmanian Government’s Public Submissions Policy​​. ​

The Right to Information​ Act 2009 and confidentiality

Information provided to the Governm​ent may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI)​. If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.  You may also be contacted to provide any further comment. 


Environment Policy and Projects
Environment, Heritage and Lands Division
Email: Environment.Policy@nre.tas.gov.au