The Hodgman Liberal Government strongly supports Tasmania’s salmon industry. We want to see it grow which is why we have developed a draft Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry.
The Plan will inform the Tasmanian community about the future direction of the industry and how it will be rigorously regulated and sustainably managed.
Due to strong interest in the Plan, and feedback from stakeholders, the public comment period has been extended to 29 September, 2017 to allow as many people as possible to have input.
The salmon industry is crucial to Tasmania’s economy and jobs in regional Tasmania, and at $730 million in annual revenue and supporting 5200 jobs, it is by far our biggest primary industry.
The Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry has been developed by carefully considering the views and interests from the community and the industry.
The 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.
The draft Plan is available for public comment at http://www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/salmonplan.