Consultation on salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour

23 January 2024

Three environmental groups have made applications under Australia’s national environment laws seeking to end fish farming in Macquarie Harbour.  These groups argue that salmon farming is having an unacceptable impact on the endangered Maugean Skate. There are legal provisions that require the Federal Minister for the Environment to consider these applications prior to making a decision on whether any further action should be taken.

As a result, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water has begun consultation about the future of salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour. 

The consultation period is open until 2 February 2024.

This is your opportunity to have your say about the future of the industry, and what it means to you and the local community.

Further information about how you can have your say is available on the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water’s website at:

I strongly support the salmon farming industry - and the Federal Government understands that the industry is an integral part of the Strahan community.  It supports good, well-paid jobs that are vital to the community and local economy.

I know this is a difficult issue for many people. You have my commitment that I will continue to stand up for you, for jobs and for the local community.