Marine Farming Planning Amendment Bill 2016
This week Tasmanian Parliament heard the third reading of the Marine Farming Planning Amendment Bill 2016 (Tas). The purpose of the bill is regulate the salmon industry to remain relevant to industry updates and retain community confidence in the industry. Currently the Tasmanian salmon industry is valued at $700 million with an expectation of $1 billion by 2030. The amendments are intended to increase the penalties associated with breaches to the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 (Tas) which are currently ill-equipped to adequately deter poor commercial behaviour in an ever growing industry. An example of a breach includes exceeding the allocated dissolved nitrogen outputs under a marine farming development plan. The actual penalty will be calculated according to the modified regulations but will be a proportionate response to scale and severity of the breach under s 91 of the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 (Tas). The Bill will also reintroduce a demerit point system. Once an individual receives 200 demerit points, their farming licence will be suspended for five years (s 246A of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995) and they will be suspended from holding a lease under s 124 of the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995 (Tas). Ultimately, this bill seeks to promote sustainable fishing to allow for longevity in the Tasmanian salmon farming industry.
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