The State Government has introduced changes to aquaculture regulations in a move to simplify regulatory requirements, streamline operations and reduce red-tape for South Australia's AUD 225 million aquaculture industry.
South Australia’s aquaculture industry, which produces almost half of the state’s total seafood output, farms some of the most sought after seafood in the world including southern bluefin tuna, Pacific oysters, yellowtail kingfish and greenlip abalone.
The new Aquaculture Regulations 2016 update, strengthen and simplify regulations in key areas, including environmental monitoring, biosecurity and risk management.
“These changes ensure our regulations keep up to date with a best practice approach to aquaculture management, reduce red-tape and allow greater businesses efficiencies that will have flow-on effects to the regional communities in which sectors are based,” pointed out PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture General Manager Aquaculture Policy and Environment, Dr Heidi Alleway.
The key changes to these regulations include:
- Introducing a new environmental monitoring program based on internationally-recognised, best practice techniques;
- Simplifying and improving stock register reporting requirements to improve stock traceability and biosecurity measures;
- Elevating the development of risk management strategies to a sector-based level to reduce the regulatory burden for individual operators;
- Improving public reporting of aquaculture activities to increase transparency.
Source: FIS // Original Article