Great Sandy regional marine aquaculture plan

The Great Sandy Regional Marine Aquaculture Plan (GSRMAP) is the first regional marine aquaculture management plan to be developed for Queensland. The GSRMAP establishes guidelines and identifies suitable sites for sustainable, non-intensive marine aquaculture development. It also streamlines and standardises the assessment process for future aquaculture applications within the boundaries of the Great Sandy Marine Park.

The GSRMAP identifies the most appropriate sites for rack, line and ranching aquaculture (but not sea cages) in line with provisions of the marine park. The sites were chosen to minimise conflict with other user groups, while considering the social and environmental value of the region, after extensive consultation between industry and government.

To further reduce the risk of impacts on these values, management controls were developed. They provide clear rules regarding approval of future aquaculture activities and the conditions under which aquaculture farms can operate. They include infrastructure design specifications, an environmental bond requirement, environmental monitoring programs and general biosecurity measures. Details are provided in the GSRMAP Implementation Guide.

GSRMAP

GSRMAP (PDF, 2.8MB) Warning - this file is large and may take some time to download. Alternatively, contents have been divided into smaller sections for selective downloading.

GSRMAP Implementation Guide

The Implementation Guide (PDF, 1.4MB) contains specific management controls and conditions to achieve the GSRMAP outcomes. Warning - this file is large and may take some time to download. Alternatively, contents have been divided into smaller sections for selective downloading.

Maps for the GSRMAP

These maps show the spatial datasets with the aquaculture sites overlain on each map for reference:

Conservation Agreement for the GSRMAP under Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

A Conservation Agreement between Queensland and Commonwealth Ministers for the GSRMAP was gazetted on 30 November 2011. This agreement means that applications for aquaculture that comply with the GSRMAP do not require a separate assessment or approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. Instead, EPBC matters are covered through the issue and conditions of the Development Approval and Resource Allocation Authority, which are assessed against the GSRMAP.

A copy of the Conservation Agreement for the GSRMAP is available on the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website.

Accreditation of the GSRMAP under the Marine Parks Regulation

Accreditation of the GSRMAP under the Marine Park Regulation was gazetted on 23 January 2012. This accreditation means that applications for aquaculture that comply with the GSRMAP do not require a separate Marine Parks Permit. Instead, Marine Park matters are covered through the issue and conditions of the Development Approval and Resource Allocation Authority, which are assessed against the GSRMAP.

A copy of the gazettal for the GSRMAP accreditation is available on the Queensland Government website.