The Government has announced its intention to make changes to the way that salmon farms are regulated in Tasmania. Key aspects announced include:
- Responsibility for environmental management will be transferred from the Marine Farming Branch to the EPA
- Increasing penalties for breaches
- Imposing a new industry levy to increase resources available to Government for assessment and monitoring.
EDO Tasmania has been a strong advocate for greater independence and rigour in the monitoring and enforcement of marine farming activities. We look forward to hearing more detail about the proposed changes, but we’re cautiously optimistic that the changes will improve oversight of the salmon industry.
To find out more about the proposed changes, click here.