Environmental group cautiously open to Tasmanian government's new salmon plans

This is the first step, but the devil is in the details.

That's the cautiously optimistic response from a Tasmanian commnity groups in light of the government's announcement of a salmon industry reset.

Clean Oceans founder Ben Lans said the 10-year plan announced by the government was a positive step, with the group having been seeking a moratorium on the expansion of ocean based fish farming.

"I think what the announcement has said is that the government is paying attention," he said. "That's a really good thing."

"They've realised the tide is turning and they've got to do something about it."

However, he said he would withholding full judgement until he got more detail about the plans.


"(There) are things that need to be looked at in some sort of detail.

"We've got to work with that start. The biggest thing is we've really caught the attention of the government. If nothing else, that has got to be a step forwards."

Circular Head mayor Daryl Quilliam said he hoped the new salmon plans would take some of the heat out of the disunity being seen in the community.

Picture: Sally Collins

Picture: Sally Collins

"I think it will," he said. "I think what will happen is we'll get a better understanding of the whole industry."

"That doesn't mean (plans for a Stanley fish farm) won't go ahead, but it will come with a bit more guidance and transparency. Naturally that will give us a better outcome.

"There's a lot of division," Cr Quilliam said. "I just hope, at the end of the day, that we can start hearing each other's points of view."

Not all have been so receptive to the announcement, with anti-fish farm group NOFF accusing the government of greenwashing.

At a community meeting over the weekend they revealed recreated maps which they claim show huge swathes of coastline opened up for development.

NOFF president Peter George has stood by the accuracy of the maps, saying they were created by the Marine Spatial Planning Committee, which comes under DPIPWE.

A government spokesperson denied NOFF's claims.

"To be clear, there are no new or secret Grow or No Grow maps," they said.

"The Tasmanian Government will spend the next 12 months developing a 10-year Salmon Plan to support our sustainable salmon industry to remain world leading.

"The Plan will be developed with input from the industry and community to identify new long term actions that support our vision for a sustainable industry."

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