​​We carefully manage Tasmania's natural resources to protect them for future generations. As part of this work we:

  • Support sustainable growth of the salmon industry through the Salmon Plan
  • Develop and manage legislation, regulation and policy for salmon farming, and other aquaculture activities
  • Assess the impacts proposed new marine farming areas will have on recreational, traditional and commercial fishing
  • Keep pests and diseases out of the oceans, rivers and lakes
  • Manage land based salmon farming and aquaculture, which includes the movement of fish on and off farms

How we manage the salmon and aquaculture industry

How we manage industry is determined by the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995, the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 and by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994. These pieces of legislation cover all the permissions that any new farm has to have to be able to operate in Tasmania.

Planning and approvals

During the planning and approval process we consider the impacts a new farm will have on the surrounding community. Including:

  • Environmental
  • Social
  • Economic
  • Recreational

After new farms are approved we continue to monitor them.

Operating licences

All farms have to be licensed. The licence includes conditions that make sure all farms are operating in a sustainable way. You can see all the marine farming licences on LISTmap.

Environmental licences 

All farms need an environmental licence, which sets out the environmental conditions that a farm must meet in order to operate.  It is this licence that gives the EPA its role for the ongoing environmental regulation of Tasmania's salmon farming industry.  Environmental Licences can also be viewed on LISTmap​


Heavy penalties can be applied if farms don't meet the conditions set in their licenses.