A 10-year Salmon Plan will begin on 1 January 2023, underpinned by the following principles:
There will be no net increase in leased farming areas in Tasmanian waters:
An immediate 12-month moratorium is in place. There will be no net increase in total leasable area for finfish farming in state waters beyond the current allocations and those areas subject to current research permits that may result in approved lease areas.
Innovation – future growth lies in land-based and off-shore salmon farming:
New research and innovation programs will be developed to support salmon farming further offshore in deep waters, including Commonwealth waters, and to increase salmon farming onshore, in land-based systems.
World-best practice through continuous improvement:
World’s best practices will be ensured through continuous improvement in regulation and transparency, and fees and charges reviewed to ensure full cost recovery and an appropriate return to the Tasmanian community.
Strict independent regulation:
The separation of the EPA from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania will further enhance its role as the independent environmental regulator. Immediate additional positions will be created to support compliance, including a new Director of Fin Fish Compliance.
Developing the new 10-year Salmon Plan
The Plan will be developed over 12 months, allowing industry and the community to identify new long-term actions that support a vision for a sustainable industry, and which continues to support Tasmanian jobs and businesses across the supply chain.
Science from internationally respected institutions, including IMAS, CSIRO, and the Blue Economy CRC, will continue to be utilised to inform sustainability through appropriate planning and regulation.
Changes to configurations in existing lease areas will be considered through the statutory planning process to provide for improved biosecurity or community amenity.
The Tasmanian Government is also focusing on improved regulation and transparency, new research and innovation programs, and a new industry fee structure to re-invest into compliance and monitoring, and to ensure full cost recovery and an appropriate return to the Tasmanian community.
The draft project outline provides for multiple phases of consultation including public meetings and the establishment of a dedicated forum.
Phases of the project will include:
Now until Quarter 2, 2022:
- Pre-consultation with stakeholders, including but not limited to scientific institutions, NGOs, community groups, farmers, industry supply chain members, peak bodies, and different levels of government
- Based on pre-consultation, confirmation of timeframes, and establishment of a dedicated “Salmon Forum" with broad representation from the groups identified above
Quarter 2 and Quarter 3, 2022:
- Development of an issues paper
- Public consultation on the issues paper including first Salmon Forum, regional public meetings and web-based submission process
- Release of Draft 10-Year Salmon Plan
- Consultation on Draft 10-Year Salmon Plan including second Salmon Forum, regional public meetings and web-based submission process
Quarter 4, 2022:
- Final 10-Year Salmon Plan released
1 January 2023:
- 10-Year Salmon Plan commences