The Service has a responsibility to facilitate and encourage fish-farming in Tasmania, while ensuring adequate safeguards for the freshwater environment are implemented and maintained. The major interest in this area relates to applications to farm salmonids, eels, goldfish and tropical fish.
Any fish farming proposal that is put forward goes through a rigorous assessment procedure involving consultation and approvals from various Government authorities. There is a coordinated process for reviewing applications that ensures each application meets high and consistent standards in relation to land and water usage, environmental impacts, disease control etc.
In particular the IFS assesses the effects on recreational trout fisheries, including access to these fisheries, the effects on migratory fish and freshwater fauna, and the possibility of fish escaping.
The Service opposes any loss of existing trout fisheries and does not permit privatisation of public waters for this purpose. Similarly, grow-out of farmed fish in public access inland waters has not been permitted. The Service believes that a properly controlled fish farm does not pose a risk to Tasmania's fisheries.
A number of forms are available relating to the licensing and management of fish farms. These are listed and can be accessed by clicking on the file below.
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