Salmon Plan

​​​​​A new 10 year Salmon ​Plan​​​​​

The Tasmanian Government has announced that a new 10-year Salmon Plan will begin on 1 January 2023, underpinned by the following principles:
  1. There will be no net increase in leased farming ​areas in Tasmanian waters 
    An immediate 12 month moratorium will be put in place to enable existing exploration permits to be considered in the context of the 10-year Salmon Plan.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. Strict independent regulation 
    The separation of the EPA from DPIPWE 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.

Consultation opportunities

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; and

  • Based on pre-consultation, confirmation of timeframes, and establishment of a dedicated “Salmon 2023 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 2023 Forum, regional public meetings and submission process via dedicated DPIPWE website.

  • Release of Draft 10-Year Salmon Plan; and

  • Consultation on Draft 10-Year Salmon Plan including second Salmon 2023 Forum, regional public meetings and submission process via dedicated DPIPWE website.

Quarter 4, 2022:

  • Final 10-Year Salmon Plan released.

  1 January, 2023:

  • 10-Year Salmon Plan commences​

Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry (2017)​​

​The 2017 Plan and the associated "grow and no grow zone" map are available below:

A one-year review of progress of the Salmon Plan was released in 2019:

The Second Progress Report of the Salmon Plan was released in September 2021:

 Salmon plan - Second progress report ​September 2021 (PDF 3Mb)

Spatial Planning Project 

A contemporary marine spatial planning exercise is developing tools to help identify potential sustainable growth areas for new offshore finfish marine farms.

The specific work is being undertaken by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) using their experience from the Pilot Marine Spatial Assessment Tool (PDF) that was developed by IMAS in south east Tasmania.

The work excludes the east coast of Tasmania, inclusive of Cape Portland to Tasman Island. 

An Advisory Committee is helping guide the project team and providing advice to DPIPWE and IMAS around the biophysical, social, and economic datasets used in the spatial planning exercise and ensure that diverse stakeholder views are represented in the project analysis.

The Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from -
  • Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council
  • Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association
  • Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing
  • Marine and Safety Tasmania
  • Blue Economy CRC
  • NRM North
  • NRM South
  • Cradle Coast Authority
The spatial planning exercise is expected to be completed in 2021.​

Further information:​u​

MoU to support the National Aquaculture Strategy

​On 27 September 2021, the Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water and the Australian Government Assistant Minister for Fisheries and Forestry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to Support the Implementation of the National Aquaculture Strategy Enabling Off-Shore Aquaculture in Adjoining Commonwealth Waters. ​