Draft Salmon Industry Growth Plan Available For Comment Until 8 September 2017

Draft Salmon Industry Growth Plan Available For Comment Until 8 September 2017

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

Sustainable Industry Growth Plan For Salmon Industry Provides Future Blue-Print

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government has developed the draft Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry.

 

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff said the entire Tasmanian community can have confidence of an environmentally sustainable, world-class fin-fish industry.

Salmon industry is crucial to Tasmania’s economy and jobs in regional Tasmania, already by far our biggest primary industry.

“We want to see this world-class industry continue to grow sustainably from its current position of $730 Million in annual revenue and supporting 5,200 jobs, managed through strong independent regulation and enjoying continued community support.” Mr. Rockliff said.

Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry has been developed by carefully considering the views and interests from the community and the industry.

Sustainable Industry Growth Plan includes a map of Tasmania that identifies ‘Grow Zones’ and also salmon farm exclusion areas, or ‘No Grow Zones’, so that Tasmanians will have certainty about future farming locations.

“Crucially, the plan extends the ban on new salmon farm leases already announced in Greater Mercury Passage right along the East Coast, which should reassure Tasmanians that the special nature of Tasmania’s East Coast will not be changed by fish farm expansion.”

“This is all about getting the balance right and the Plan relates to all aspects of the industry from hatchery to harvest, research and development, skills and also future planning.” Mr. Rockliff said.

Sustainable Industry Growth Plan also includes:

  • A commitment that future growth of the industry should be largely oceanic, rather than estuarine.
  • Establishment of a new Finfish Farming (compliance and monitoring) Unit in the Environment Protection Authority.
  • Development of a Tasmanian Salmon Industry Scorecard which benchmarks the industry against international good practice.
  • Collection of a wider range of environmental information and real time data and for increased access to this data through an independent portal hosted by IMAS.
  • A formal agreement, jointly developed by all current finfish licence holders and the government, for sustainable future farming in Macquarie Harbour.
  • Adoption of a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to marine debris.

In 2009 the salmon industry set itself a target to double its annual revenue to $1 Billion by 2030. The industry is currently tracking ahead of that growth trajectory, which is even more reason to have an agreed Sustainable Industry Growth Plan that is understood and accepted by industry, government and the community.

Tasmanian Government wants the community to have confidence in this world-class industry, which is why we have significantly strengthened penalties and regulations and why we put the independent Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in charge of regulating the industry and given the EPA increased resources.

TAS Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry is open for broad public input and will ultimately deliver an agreed blueprint for the industry’s future.

“Tasmanians can be assured that we will continue to work with the industry and regional communities to ensure the salmon industry remains something that every Tasmanian can be proud of and which continues to be a truly world-class sustainable asset.” Mr. Rockliff said.

Draft Sustainable Industry Growth Plan is available is available for public comment until September 8, 2017.

(IMAS) Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies