The DRAFT Regulations establish Biosecurity Zones around Tasmania which identify and separate salmonid production activities into:
- freshwater hatchery operations;
- farming in the marine environment; and
- processing of harvested fish.
The DRAFT Regulations establish a suite of Biosecurity Zone Measures specifically designed for each Biosecurity Zone. The Biosecurity Zone Measures collectively form the basis for the DRAFT Biosecurity Program: Tasmanian Salmonid Industry (the DRAFT Biosecurity Program).
The objective of the DRAFT Biosecurity Program is to improve the overall biosecurity of all salmon production in Tasmania by preventing, eliminating, or minimising (wherever practicable to do so) the risks posed by infectious diseases of salmonids and associated exotic aquatic pests. The Program sets Standards designed to reduce biosecurity risks between growing regions, year classes, operators, and individual farms.
The Department of Treasury and Finance has assessed the DRAFT Regulations and DRAFT Biosecurity Program and determined that a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) is required to support this phase of public consultation.
A copy of the RIS accompanies the DRAFT Regulations and DRAFT Biosecurity Program.
The purpose of the RIS is to:
- set out the problem sought to be addressed and the objectives of any proposed action to address the problem;
- consider alternative options (primarily the status quo) to achieve the objectives;
- assess the benefits and costs of the options identified and identify which option results in the greatest net benefit;
- evaluate the restriction on competition which would result under the proposed Regulations and present the case for why it is the absolute minimum that is necessary in the public interest; and
- seek comment from individuals, organisations and industry bodies on the preferred option.
As part of the new Aquaculture standards approach, compatibility across proposed measures has also been considered during the preparation of the DRAFT Standardised Marine Farming Management Controls; and Introducing an Environmental Standard for Marine Finfish Farming – Position Paper.
Make a Submission
Submissions on the RIS, DRAFT Regulations, and DRAFT Biosecurity Program have been extended and are open until 20 June 2022.
We encourage you read the following documents prior to making a submission:
In particular, the Department is seeking specific feedback on the potential costs and benefits of the proposed Regulations for business and other sectors of the community.