Marine farm monitoring

Each of our sites operate within a licence agreement specific to that area. While controls on different sites may vary the general indicators for environmental compliance within, and on the borders of lease areas are as follows:

  • There must be no significant visual, chemical or biological impacts extending 35 metres from the boundary of the lease area, as specified in our marine farming licence.
  • Environmental monitoring must be done in the lease area, 35 metres outside the boundary of the marine farming lease area and at any comparison sites in accordance with the requirements specified in our marine farming licence.

Please visit our Sustainability Dashboard to find out more about:

  • Our farm fallowing program
  • Current farm compliance

New developments in farming technology and practices are further reducing our impact on the marine environment.

Monitoring of farm sites in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Huon Estuary occurs via the Broadscale Environmental Monitoring Program (BEMP).  Begun in 2009 (yes, the process has been in place for more than 10 years), the objective of the program remains to document broadscale spatial and temporal trends for key environmental parameters, allowing assessment of the environmental effects of finfish aquaculture in the general region.

Huon’s farming leases are included in this world-leading monitoring program.

The BEMP program has long been the only fish farm monitoring program in the world assessing effects outside AZE’s (Allowable Zone of Effect) or close to/inside the farms.

Annual BEMP results are publicly available on the EPA website.