Storm Bay North Marine Salmon Farming Development Plan To Proceed

Storm Bay North Marine Salmon Farming Development Plan To Proceed

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Guy Barnett

Sustainable Expansion Creates Jobs In Tasmania’s World Leading Salmon Industry

Victor P Taffa

Tasmania’s salmon industry is set for sustainable expansion with the Government accepting the independent Marine Farming Planning Review Panel’s recommendations allowing Petuna to progress a new Storm Bay North Marine Farming Development Plan.

Proposed operation, which will be the most remote off-shore marine farm in Tasmania, is forecast to employ 37 new full-time positions and create 130 indirect full-time positions employed within the local community and aquaculture service industry.

New Plan comes in addition to the Government providing planning approval of Tassal and Huon Aquaculture proposals last year, Minister for Primary Industries and Water Guy Barnett said.

“Responsibly managed, such expansion in Storm Bay is sustainable and appropriate as the industry continues to grow to meet market demand for our iconic salmon products.”

Panel’s recommendation to allow the proposal follows submissions and public hearings as well as Environmental Impact Statements and scientific, public, socio-economic and environmental considerations.

Independent Review Panel found environmental effects be effectively managed under the development plans and conditions of an environmental licence granted by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

Next step is for Petuna to apply for a Marine Farming Lease, followed by a Marine Farming Licence.

If a lease is issued, Petuna will then also need to demonstrate they can meet rigorous engineering, emergency management and biosecurity standards.

If a marine farming license is issued, Petuna must also apply for an environmental license from the EPA and comply with the Authority’s requirements in relation to environmental management of the site.

Hodgman Government supports responsible and sustainable growth in the Salmon Industry, providing thousands of jobs, many of which are in regional areas.

Hodgman Government’s Salmon Industry Plan provides a framework for future and sustainable growth in a transparent manner which maintains community confidence, biosecurity and sound environmental performance, Minister Barnett said.