The Tasmanian government will place an immediate 12-month moratorium on offshore salmon farm expansion before it stops granting new leased areas in the state from January 1, 2023.
Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett announced on Thursday the government would develop a new 10-year plan for the salmon industry over the next 12 months, including investigation of opportunities for land-based fish farming and farming further offshore in Commonwealth waters.
He said fees and charges for farming activity would be reviewed to ensure full cost recovery and an appropriate return to Tasmania.
Mr Barnett said changes to configurations in existing lease areas would be considered.
Labor’s Shane Broad said a moratorium on the industry would cost jobs.