All aquaculture activities are required to have a licence that is issued under the Aquaculture Act. In addition, marine aquaculture sites are also required to have a lease that grants tenure of that site for a certain period of time.
The Aquaculture Act also allows for the establishment of Aquaculture Zones, which specifies areas permitted for a certain classes of aquaculture. Aquaculture that is undertaken outside of an aquaculture zone or is land-based must obtain development approval under the Development Act 1993.
Marine aquaculture operations with associated land-based facilities, for example oyster sheds, are not licensed by PIRSA Aquaculture. However, they still require development approval under the Development Act 1993.
All aquaculture licensees are also required to prepare an annual environmental monitoring report under the Aquaculture Regulations 2005, administered by PIRSA.
Legislative processes between PIRSA and the EPA will be streamlined to decrease the time it takes for licences to be assessed between government agencies. Check out the media release.