Whose responsibility is it to license aquaculture activities?
What is EPA's role in aquaculture?
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture is responsible for the licensing and management of aquaculture in South Australia. However all aquaculture licence applications are referred by PIRSA to the EPA for assessment.
The EPA has the ability to stipulate licence conditions or refuse licence applications if there is evidence the proposed activity is unlikely to meet their environmental requirements under the Environment Protection Act 1993. For further information on the management of aquaculture, contact PIRSA on 08 8226 0900 or email.
Whose responsibility is it to monitor environmental impacts from aquaculture?
Monitoring environmental impacts is the responsibility of industry operators as defined in Aquaculture Regulations 2005. PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture is the agency that administers environmental monitoring for aquaculture in South Australia. PIRSA can be contacted on 08 8226 0900 or email.
Equipment (eg ropes, netting, feedbags) from fish farms has been found washed up on the shore. Who do we report this to?
Under aquaculture legislation, an aquaculture facility must clean up any washed-up equipment as soon as practicably possible. As PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture is the licensing agency for aquaculture, they should be contacted on 08 8226 0900 or email.
Whose responsibility is it to respond to noise and odour coming from a land-based fish farm (or farm depot)?
A proposal for land-based aquaculture is required to obtain a development approval from the local council. The management of noise and odour is addressed during the development assessment process. Consequently concerns with these issues should be directed towards the relevant local council. PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture as the key regulatory agency may also have an interest in the matter and can be contacted on 08 8226 0900 or email.
A fish farm is depositing waste/wastewater into a catchment area, stormwater or waterway. Who should I talk to?
Tuna processing vessels in Port Lincoln appear to be discharging blood into the bay, possibly attracting sharks. Whose responsibility is it to respond to that?
The discharge could be coming from either large factory freezer vessels or smaller harvest vessels.
The processing of tuna on board large factory freezer vessels is a licensed activity managed by the EPA. These boats are not permitted to discharge any waste and are required to hold and dispose of all waste in accordance with their licence conditions. In the event that blood or other waste is being discharged from the processing boat, the EPA is the correct point of contact.
Harvest boats are licensed by PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture, and kill and clean the fish prior to transport to the freezer vessels. These harvest vessels are required to contain all blood and waste on board the vessel. If the vessel discharges waste, it is a contravention of the Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2015. In this case details of the incident should be forwarded to either the EPA or PIRSA on 8226 0900 or email.
There is a large algal bloom occurring in the water near a fish farm. Could this be caused by the farming activity? Who is responsible for addressing this issue?
Algal blooms can be caused by a number of reasons and can also be a natural event in both marine and freshwater environments. However if there is a suspicion that it is caused by a fish farming activity, PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture, being the regulatory agency for aquaculture, should be contacted on 8226 0900 or email.
- Brochure on aquaculture managment
- Information sheet on the EPA's role in aquaculture management
- Summary of the EPA's contribution to the Oyster Basket Feasibility Study
- Aquaculture management and the Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy
- Code of practice for the environmental management of the South Australian oyster industry
- Code of practice for the environmental management of the South Australian Abalone Aquaculture Industry
- Environmental guidelines for completion of PIRSA aquaculture lease conversions EPA requirements—information for applicants
- Environmental guidelines for completion of PIRSA aquaculture licence applications (land-based) EPA requirements—information for applicants
- Environmental guidelines for completion of PIRSA aquaculture licence applications (marine) EPA requirements—information for applicants
- Environmental assessment guides for planners—Aquaculture (marine)
- Inland aquaculture—Improving economic and environmental efficiency aquaculture and the Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy
- Managing aquaculture stock mortalities