Environmental regulation bill released

Finfish. The state government has released the Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017.

The bill follows the release of the draft Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry earlier this month.

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff says the bill will further strengthen and consolidate finfish farming environmental regulations.

The bill includes the transfer of environmental regulations of the industry from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment to the independent Environment Protection Authority.

It also includes powers to declare exclusion zones, and an increased focus on biosecurity with the addition of an expert joining the Marine Farm Planning Review Panel.

“This important legislation builds on measures we are already undertaking including the re-introduction of demerit points and significantly tougher penalties for breaches of licence conditions, so companies could be fined millions of dollars or face a loss of licence,” Mr Rockliff said.

To view the Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017 along with an explanatory paper, visit www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/salmonreform. The draft Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry is available for public comment at www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/salmonplan until Friday September 29.

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