The Tasmanian Government has the strongest commitment to our world-class salmon industry and we want to see it grow sustainably and responsibly into the future.
Minister for Primary Industry and Water, Jeremy Rockliff said:
“We have strengthened the regulatory system by increasing independence through the Environment Protection Authority, plus significantly tougher penalties and the re-introduction of demerit points that could result in a loss of licence.
``Today’s statement on biomass by the EPA proves that the system we put in place is working.
“The EPA has undertaken comprehensive assessments of environmental data, submissions from companies and consultation with scientific experts.
``We are confident our toughened changes to the regulatory framework and the independent oversight provided by the EPA will ensure this world-class industry remains sustainable, responsible and accountable,’’ Minister Rockliff said.
Minister for the Environment, Matthew Groom said:
“The Tasmanian Government acknowledges the report from the EPA in relation to salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour and the potential impact on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).
“While the report is unable to definitively determine the impact of fish farming on the TWWHA, it is clear that there continues to be matters of environmental concern within the Harbour that need to be carefully managed.
``Following receipt of the report, I have written to the EPA to reiterate that any significant environmental impact within the TWWHA as a consequence of salmon farming is completely unacceptable to the Tasmanian Government,’’
“The Government will support the EPA taking any action required to ensure salmon farming activities are conducted in a sustainable manner “. Minister Groom said
The Government encourages all companies operating in the Harbour to accept the independent decision of the EPA.