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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Australia's report to the UNCSD - 1996

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1996
ISBN 0 6422 4868 0

Case Study - Oceans

Tasmanian fisheries management and marine farm planning legislation

The new Tasmanian fisheries management and marine farm planning legislation will change the emphasis from managing fisheries for commercial exploitation per se to managing the State's living marine resources in a sustainable manner. The proposed legislation will have clear objectives for the management of fish and their habitats in a sustainable way for the benefit of all users and will include increased powers to ensure the protection of the marine environment. It will improve the existing arrangements for approving new sites for marine farming activities.

Marine farming in Tasmania is developing as a significant contributor to the State but its potential has been impeded by the lack of an overall strategic direction. The new planning legislation is intended to better integrate the interests of sustainability of the coastal zone and the need for economic development via marine farming. It is a major step forward in recognising the need to apply to marine areas similar planning principles to those that have been used in the past for land based development.

The new legislation will include a requirement for there to be regional development plans which include whole areas such as bays rather than individual farm assessment and will also require identification of the environmental impact of a proposal. It will also provide opportunities for community input into the development planning process.

The legislation will outline arrangements to be followed after the planning process has been completed and will contain mechanisms for effective enforcement of agreed development plans. The general principles underlying its introduction include fairness in the allocation of leases, a reasonable return to the community for the use of aquaculture sites, more effective farm utilisation, greater accuracy of the location of farms, minimum alienation of water areas, extensive community consultation, security of tenure and increased environmental responsibility by marine farmers.