Draft Salmon Farming Bill 2017 Released For Public Comment

Draft Salmon Farming Bill 2017 Released For Public Comment

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

Salmon Farming Regulations Further Strengthened In Draft Bill

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government is taking another important step to ensure Tasmania’s salmon industry remains world class and continues to be appropriately regulated with the release for public comment of new draft legislation.

“We know how important the salmon industry is to Tasmania, including the 5,200 people it employs, and we are committed to protecting those jobs and to increasing employment through the sustainable growth of the industry.” Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff said.

Draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017 further strengthens and consolidates the environmental regulation of finfish farming in Tasmania, and will help ensure the sustainable growth of the industry.

Draft Bill includes:

  • Permanent and formal transfer of powers over day-to-day environmental regulation of the finfish farming industry from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) to the independent Environment Protection Authority (currently this is done through a delegation of powers);
  • Bringing together the environmental regulation of inland and marine finfish farming, including hatcheries, into a consolidated system under the Environment Protection Authority;
  • Provisions which will provide the independent Environment Protection Authority Director with a clear statutory role for ongoing environmental regulation of the State’s finfish farming industry. This means salmonid companies will require a new Environmental Licence under Tasmania’s Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA);
  • Powers for the declaration of finfish marine farming exclusion zones, or ‘No Grow Zones’ the first of which will be in the greater Mercury Passage.

TAS Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This important draft legislation builds on measures we are already undertaking, including the re-introduction of demerit points and significantly tougher penalties for breaches of licence conditions, so companies could be fined millions of dollars or face a loss of licence.

It also dovetails the development of Tasmania’s first Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the salmon industry, which will be released in coming months.

“Hodgman Government is the strongest supporter of the salmon industry and the 5,200 jobs it supports, but we also acknowledge community concern which is why we are continually improving the regulatory system to ensure the industry’s long-term viability and sustainability.” Mr. Rockliff said.