INFORMD Stage 2: Risk-based tools supporting consultation, planning and adaptive management for aquaculture and other multiple-uses of the coastal waters of southern Tasmania

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CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Hobart

Principal Investigator:

Scott Condie

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A range of human activities influence water quality and other marine environmental values in southern Tasmania. For example, cage based salmon farming is currently restricted to the Huon Estuary, D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Tasman Peninsula, with other activities in these waters having the potential to be affected by, or have an effect on, aquaculture (e.g. industrial processes, urban development, municipal services, fisheries, recreation, tourism). Given the multi-user nature of the marine environment, it is important to recognise the diverse needs and expectations of the broader community when identifying values and evaluating trade-offs in the system as a whole. For example, water quality issues such as eutrophication and nuisance algae are important to both the aquaculture industry and the wider community, while issues such as public access, views and maintenance of recreational assets may be of particular concern to local communities. There is an urgent need to develop and apply innovative tools based on the best available scientific knowledge (e.g. INFORMD) to support consultation, planning and management of aquaculture and other uses of southern Tasmanian coastal waters.


1. For the marine environment of southern Tasmania, characterise key environmental, social and economic values and aspirations from industry, government and community perspectives.

2. Relate these values to measurable indicators based on understanding of key biophysical and socio-economic processes.

3. Develop a framework to support spatial risk assessment for planning of future development within the system, with an initial focus on aquaculture leases.

4. Develop a framework for evaluating spatial risk management strategies, with an initial focus on managing aquaculture leases.

5. Integrate the planning framework (objective 3) and risk management framework (objective 4) into an online tool accessible to key stakeholders.

2012-024-DLD - INFORMD2: Risk-based tools supporting consultation, planning and adaptive management for aquaculture and other multiple-uses of the coastal waters of southern Tasmania

Final Report
Author(s):Scott Condie
Date Published:May 2017
Principal Investigator: Scott Condie
Key Words: Atlantic salmon; Salmo salar; aquaculture; risk-based; decision support tools; marine values; dispersal; connectivity; biogeochemistry; Derwent Estuary; Huon Estuary; D'Entrecasteaux Channel; Storm Bay
Summary: INFORMD2 provided a suite of frameworks, models and decision support tools with potential to support major improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of coastal and marine management in southern Tasmania. The YMV component of the study provided the underpinning understanding of government, industry and community values and their interactions. The biogeochemical model provided detailed information on processes and changes influencing water quality. The online risk-based decision support tools CONNIE and MAREE built on the other study components to provide stakeholders with direct access to information and scenario testing capabilities. This will lead not only to improved environmental management of aquaculture and other coastal activities, but also support development of shared skills and understanding among stakeholders, thereby reducing the potential for conflict.