Submissions to the Marine Farming Planning Review Panel’s review Tassal’s proposed salmon farming operations at Okehampton Bay closed today.
There is good reason for the Review Panel to look at the science underpinning the Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage Marine Farming Development Plan (the Plan). However, EDO Tasmania’s submission raised the following concerns about the efficacy of the review process:
- despite the terms of reference focusing on the adequacy of the scientific information, much of that information has not been released to the public;
- the terms of reference assume that Okehampton Bay is an appropriate location for salmon farming, rather than assessing whether this is the case;
- Tassal already has the necessary authorities to proceed with salmon farming at Okehampton Bay, regardless of the outcome of the review process; and
- the Tasmanian government is yet to release details of proposed changes to shift monitoring and enforcement responsibilities for salmon farming to the EPA.
EDO Tasmania’s submission highlights a number of changes that should be made to the Plan to improve the way that salmon farming activities at Okehampton Bay will be regulated.