EPA Board visits Port Lincoln
The EPA Board toured parts of Port Lincoln recently as part of an engagement program and commitment to visit regional areas in South Australia each year.
EPA Presiding Member Linda Bowes, said Port Lincoln is a major commercial centre on Eyre Peninsula whose economy relies on agriculture, aquaculture, fishing and tourism.
“In fact, Port Lincoln is the seafood and aquaculture capital of Australia, boasting one of the largest protected natural harbours in the world that is three times the size of Sydney Harbour,” she said.
“It is home to the country’s largest commercial fishing fleet and renowned for its Southern Bluefin tuna, King George whiting, western king prawns and Southern Rock lobster.”
The EPA maintains 44 licensees in the Port Lincoln Council area.
Ms Bowes said the Board’s visit demonstrated a commitment for the EPA to work closely with industry and communities, in particular regional areas, to achieve good environmental management and economic outcomes through well-practiced regulation.
The EPA Board toured Boston Bay and viewed kingfish pens and a mussel farm.
It also took part in the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board meeting with government and industry and discussed options for future waste management in the aquaculture and fishing sector.