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                            Marine aquaculture—quick reference
	Need for aquaculture planning in the 
Great Sandy region
	Process for plan development and consultation
	Risk-based management framework
	Implementation and enforcement of 
plan framework
1 Need for aquaculture planning in the 
Great Sandy region
	1.1 Overview of the Great Sandy region
	1.2 Marine aquaculture growth potential
	1.3 Impediments to industry development
	1.4 Need for strategic planning for aquaculture
	1.5 Policy context for the region
	1.6 Value of the plan to industry development
	1.7 Value of the plan to the region
2	Process for plan development
	2.1 The planning process
	2.2 Consultation
	2.3 Shortlisting of investigation areas through desktop mapping (stages 1–3)
	2.4 Focus group consultation (stage 4)
	2.5 Characterisation study (stage 5)
	2.6 Stakeholder consultation on draft plan (stage 6)
	2.7 Revision and finalisation of plan 
(stage 7)
	2.8 Review of the plan
3	Marine aquaculture in detail
	3.1 Definitions
	3.2 Types of systems
4	Risk-based management framework
	4.1 Risk-based management
	4.2 Identifying potential risks
	4.3 Description of potential risks in context
	4.4 Summary of all potential risks
	4.5 Planning controls (location of sites)
	4.6 Management controls 
(operational aspects)
	4.7 Monitoring and assessment
	4.8 Specific limits to future development
5	Implementation of the GSRMAP framework
	5.1 Application of the GSRMAP
	5.2 Implementation of planning controls
	5.3 Implementation of management controls
	5.4 Competitive allocation of sites
	5.5 Post-approval management 
of aquaculture
	5.6 Overall summary of GSRMAP controls 
on aquaculture
	5.7 Streamlining of approval processes
Appendix 1—Overlay plans
Appendix 2—Advantages of aquaculture planning
Appendix 3—History of revisions to aquaculture sites
Appendix 4—Description of relevant legislation
Appendix 5—Site coordinates (decimal degrees and GPS)
Appendix 6—Considerations when undertaking 
ecological studies
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The Great Sandy Regional Marine Aquaculture Plan has been prepared by Fisheries Queensland (part of the Department
of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation). The project is overseen by an Inter-Agency Working Group and
the Aquaculture Inter-Departmental Committee.

Contact the aquaculture planning team:

Fisheries Queensland
Department of Employment and Economic Development

Tel: 07 3224 2108 or 13 25 23
Fax: 07 3239 0439

Email: [email protected]

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Phone: +61 2 6274 1111
Fax: +61 2 6274 1666
Email: [email protected]

(E)(iii) Disease notification

Management outcome M8a (Section 4.6.1) states
that ‘any impacts to the surrounding ecosystem
from disease resulting from aquaculture activities
are minimised’. Section 100 of the Fisheries Act
requires notice to be given about diseased fisheries
resources or habitat—‘A person who knows or
reasonably suspects fisheries resources or a fish
habitat is showing signs of disease, or knows or
reasonably suspects disease may be in fisheries
resources or a fish habitat, must immediately
notify the chief executive or an inspector’. Fisheries
Queensland and Biosecurity Queensland, together
with any other relevant agencies, will then
determine the best course of action.

(F) Govt surveillance and audits/compliance

The purpose of this type of monitoring is to
maintain ongoing compliance with management
controls that reduce risk (i.e. conditions of
statutory approvals).

Audits are undertaken regularly by compliance
officers to ensure compliance with conditions
of approval under the SP Act, the Fisheries
Act, marine parks legislation, maritime safety
legislation etc. by the relevant compliance officers,
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, DEEDI
policy officers, marine parks officers, or Maritime
Safety Queensland (MSQ).

4.7.4 Value-adding to scientific research

Aquaculture, like any farm business, can only
operate successfully through constant monitoring
of parameters such as growth rates, stocking
density, condition and health of the stock, and
environmental conditions.

Any person who ‘undertakes an activity that
results in the unintentional death, injury…moving,
harassment, chasing...(or) marking a cetacean
must notify the Secretary of SEWPAC within seven
days of being aware of the results of the activity’.52

Notifications should be sent to:

The Secretary
Department of the Sustainability, Environment,
Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Hotline: 1800 803 772
Email: [email protected]

Incidents such as ship strikes (whether causing
death or not) and entanglements/strandings should
be reported to the DERM wildlife hotline in the first
instance. Any wildlife injured within the marine
park as a result of aquaculture activities must be
reported to DERM on 1300 130 372.

(E)(ii) Interactions with other fauna

Reporting mechanisms for wildlife interactions are
defined in Condition of Approval CA75 “Procedures
for Dealing with Injured Wildlife”. Any wildlife
injured within the Marine Park as a result of
aquaculture activities must be reported to the
DERM Hotline ph. 1300 130 372”

Any interaction with fauna listed under the EPBC
Act must be reported to the Secretary of SEWPAC
(includes turtles, dugongs, cetaceans etc) within 7
days of being aware of the results of your activity.53

Notifications should be sent to:

The Secretary
Department of Sustainability, Environment,
Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

52 See the ‘Notification of activities affecting cetaceans’ page
on the SEWPAC website at

53 See the ‘Notification of activities affecting listed species or
ecological communities in or on a Commonwealth area’ page on
the SEWPAC website at

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Ecological studies

Any ecological study must specify the response
measures that will be triggered if a threshold is
met or exceeded for the primary indicator. The
response measures must be developed on a case-
by-case basis. Specific response strategies and
contingency plans must be prescribed up front at
the time of approval, in order to ensure effective
adaptive management and a clearly articulated
framework for industry to work within.

For each environmental indicator, the study must

• the responsible agencies and contact officers
to be notified if the agreed threshold levels
are exceeded (e.g. impacts to benthic habitat
that exceed threshold levels would be referred
to the DERM Marine Parks and DEEDI Marine
Habitat units)

• response measures, which may include (i)
more detailed monitoring or (ii) intervention
(e.g. where a threshold or limit is met or
exceeded for the primary indicator, the
monitoring program should be expanded to
include investigation of secondary indicators
to gain a more accurate understanding of the
extent of impact—if the threshold or limit is
met or exceeded for the secondary indicator,
intervention is required)

• the timeframe for response, commencing from
the time when the results become available
(note that some monitoring programs may
require lengthy analyses)

• a recommendation on how to proceed if an
intervention is triggered—it must be drafted
and submitted for peer review by a suitably
qualified external adviser, and DEEDI and DERM
will review it and supervise its implementation.

Note: Detection of a significant threshold or
limit being met does not prove that the activity
is unacceptable. Any significant impact must
be considered in the context of impacts from
other activities (such as jetties, recreational
and commercial activities, trawling, natural
disturbances etc.).

Because marine aquaculture involves direct
contact with marine waters, the success of marine
aquaculture is very closely linked to environmental
health. Information gathered as part of the normal
day-to-day operation of an aquaculture business
provides important information on the condition
of the surrounding environment. Filter-feeding
marine species, as well as presenting minimal
risk to water quality, are particularly valuable as
indicators of the health of marine ecosystems. The
health and growth rate of aquacultured animals is
a good indicator of water quality and availability of
planktonic food.

In addition to the monitoring programs required
under legislation via condition of approval, several
existing aquaculturists voluntarily contribute their
data to regional research programs. The use of
individual data to add value to wider monitoring
programs is encouraged wherever possible. The
Queensland Government can assist this process
by developing a set of water quality monitoring
guidelines and comprehensive criteria that can
link into and inform larger scale water quality
monitoring projects. Industry will continue to be
encouraged to make use of such guidelines, on a
voluntary basis, to enable better understanding of
water quality issues on a regional basis.

Small-scale research is usually ineffective for
answering ecological questions about open marine
environments, particularly if the research subject
ranges over very large areas (e.g. megafauna).

In order to provide meaningful information about
wide-ranging subjects, studies performed at a farm
scale can be embedded within larger studies at
local or regional scale.

4.7.5 Response strategies

Effective management also requires the ability
to respond when appropriate. Specific response
strategies are provided below. Response options
are summarised in the overall summary in Section
5.6. Refer also to Section 5.5.4 for broader adaptive
management strategies under the GSRMAP.

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