Submissions For Salmon Farming At Okehampton Bay Open Until 26 September 2016

Submissions For Salmon Farming At Okehampton Bay Open Until 26 September 2016

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

Panel To Assess Salmon Farming At Okehampton Bay

Victor P Taffa

The Hodgman Government is a strong supporter of Tasmania’s world-class salmon industry, which is highly regarded for its quality and sustainability.

 

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff said that he wants to support this world class industry and continue to grow and create more jobs, particularly in regional communities.

“A key part of this growth is ensuring that the industry continues to be appropriately regulated and its operations retain the confidence of the broader Tasmanian community.” Mr. Rockliff said.

“Earlier this month we announced an independent assessment by the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel of the adequacy of the environmental management of salmon farming at Okehampton Bay.”

“The Panel has now advertised publicly that the panel is seeking written submissions from interested members of the public, addressing the terms of reference of the assessment, to assist it in performing this task. Submissions close at midnight on September 26.”

“We recognise that it is 20 years since the Plan for the area was first approved, and there have been significant changes to science and technology over that time, and as such this assessment is important for community confidence.” Mr. Rockliff said.

The Panel consists of 8 members and includes experts representing various interests including the Environment Protection Authority, recreational boaters, marine farming, marine resource management and local Government issues.

TAS Minister for Primaries Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

TAS Minister for Primaries Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terms of Reference that the Panel will provide advice to the Minister on are:

  • The environmental science supporting the proposed environmental monitoring and management of salmon farming at Okehampton Bay within the Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage Marine Farming Development Plan October 1998 (as reviewed in 2007) area;
  • The adequacy of the environmental baseline data and surveys to allow the Director, Environment Protection Authority to establish a contemporary environmental management regime for the proposed marine farming activity;
  • The adequacy of the Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage Marine Farming Development Plan 1998 to allow for the implementation of a contemporary environmental management regime for proposed salmon marine farming at Okehampton Bay.

The panel is expected to report back in early 2017.

“The Tasmanian Government is committed to continuing to work with the industry to support sustainable, responsible and accountable growth of Tasmanian’s world-class salmon industry.” Mr. Rockliff said.